Top Jobs in Construction for 2018

March 28, 2018

Skilled construction workers are needed like never before— and with the resource shortage across the globe, there is no better time to consider construction jobs. If you’ve ever wondered which construction jobs are best, we’ve outlined the top options based on median salaries, the number of jobs available, and education or training required.

Between now and the year 2021, it is looking likely that the required number of annual recruitment for the construction industry is 35,470. This breaks down for the areas needing the most recruitment as 3,850 needed for the wood trades and interior fit out, and 2,250 required within the electrical trades and insulation, and other construction professionals and technical staff (2,240).

We have taken a look at some of the top jobs within the construction industry for 2018. The list involves a variety of different roles across the industry, and contains roles suitable for many skill sets.

Architects are mainly responsible for the design aspect of buildings and then ensuring they are built to the designs. Architects require a combination of an artistic side along with an engineer’s pragmatism. The starting salary for this role is usually around £18-£22,000, rising with experience. Once fully qualified, this could easily increase to between £45,000 and £70,000. Qualifications for architects can be degree based; however there are also practice-based routes such as Royal Institute of British Architects, and also apprenticeships being developed.

Quantity surveyor
Quantity surveyors play a key role in managing the costs associated with building construction, roles often include working on construction sites, and carrying out a variety of financial assessments, including estimating costs, negotiating contracts and resolving financial disputes. The starting salary for this role tends to be £20-30,000, however once chartered status has been reached this can rapidly increase to between £45,000 and £65,000. Qualifications for Quantity Surveyors usually require a degree or similar professional qualification recognised by the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Site manager
Site managers have the responsibility of supervising construction sites and ensuring that projects are run to a tight schedule. Responsibilities include the preparation of sites, planning projects in terms of time and budgets and the supervision of staff. The role has a huge variety within the job description, including interacting with the workers, meeting clients, or managing the site from the office. Salaries for site managers typically start at about £26,000 to £33,000, rising to potentially £70,000 or more. Qualifications for this role normally include a relevant degree or several years’ experience in the construction trade.

Project manager
Project managers usually ensure that projects are completed to an agreed timescale and budget, making sure that all objectives are met and people are working effectively. Managing jobs and sites from start to finish, typical responsibilities may include representing the client’s interests, organising and leading others, carrying out risk assessment and using computer software to keep track of progress. Experienced project managers can expect to earn up to £70,000, with an average salary of about £42,000. Qualifications for this role usually need a foundation degree, HND or a degree accredited by the CIOB.

Construction Supervisor
Supervisors play a central role throughout the entire project’s trajectory, from planning to meeting with contractors, determining logistics, and finally, to the actual building process. The average salary in the UK is approximately £40,000 per annum, with the upper tier earning roughly £60,000.

Civil Engineer
This role tends to focus more on infrastructure such as bridges, roads and dams, with civil engineers being responsible for drafting and overseeing the execution of a project. They are predominantly governmental workers and are imperative in matters of urban development. To be a Civil Engineer, you’ll usually need an engineering degree, but you could start as a technician and study part time (equally possible is an apprenticeship). The average salary for an experienced civil engineer is approximately £30,000 per annum, with the highest earners making upwards of £50,000.

Becoming an electrician can easily lead to the most lucrative of the construction industry’s jobs. Electricians are tasked with installing, inspecting and maintaining electrical wiring systems. Gaining qualifications while on the job is the most popular route for this role, with the most common starting point being through apprenticeships. On average, electricians can expect to earn about £35,000 with experience, with the highest wages coming in at approximately £42,000.

Heavy Equipment Operator
This role carries the responsibility for the safe operation of heavy equipment, such as trucks, bulldozers, compactors and graders, along with performing semi-skilled maintenance tasks as applicable. Training and skills required for being a Heavy Equipment Operator are usually gained through apprenticeship schemes, including classroom work and on the job training. You will also need to complete a certain number of hours in order to get a certificate of qualification. The median hourly wage for heavy equipment operators is £11, with the highest reported hourly earnings being £17.50.

A Planner usually reports directly to the project manager and develops schedules for projects, ensuring they are completed safely, punctually and within budget. Qualifications for such a role normally include at least a NVQ in Construction Site Supervision, a Higher Level Certificate in Building Studies, up to a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management. Starting salaries can be up to £30,000, increasing to a potential of £70,000 with experience.

Whether you’re involved in one of these trades or you’ve been thinking of joining this rapidly growing industry, construction jobs are here to stay. What new construction jobs do you predict in the next five, ten, or twenty years?

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