Inequality in pay between men and is now less than the all-industry average at 16.3%.
While there is still a long way to go to bring pay into line, construction is doing better than real estate, hospitality and transport sectors.
According to figures recently released by the Office for National Statistics, the pay gap between men and women in construction is now 1.8% below the national average.
Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening said: “It is fantastic to see we now have the lowest gender pay gap on record. No woman should be held back just because of her gender.
“The changes we’ve made so that men and women can share their parental leave, the support we’re giving to get more women into the top jobs at our biggest companies and our drive to get more girls taking STEM subjects [Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths] at school are all helping to reduce this gap.
“We’ve achieved amazing things but there’s more to do – that’s why we are pushing ahead with plans to require businesses to publish their gender pay and gender bonus gap for the first time ever from April next year.”