Construction managers are responsible for the practical side of managing and planning every stage of the building process.
The Role
  • Handling health and safety on a project
  • Setting bench marks of work to be done
  • Setting and agreeing budgets for the work
  • Managing and recruiting staff for the project
  • Being directly responsible for the work being carried out and the decision making
  • Working on-site - inspecting work, checking materials and their delivery and storage, checking everyone is following safety rules
  • Working in the office - dealing with contracts, working with clients, holding meetings to keep the project on time and on budget
  • Work closely with architects and construction engineering professionals on a project.
  • Newly trained construction managers can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000
  • Trained with experience construction managers can earn in the region of £35,000 - £48,000
  • Senior, chartered or master construction managers can earn in the region of £48,000 - £60,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.
Qualifications & Training
Degrees that can lead to a position as a construction manager include building management, engineering, construction management, project management and building studies. It’s a good idea to check your qualification is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building . Construction managers have usually put in at least 10 years in the sector before being considered for the role. People who have not completed a related qualification in construction management can still move into the role on the strength of their experience in the industry. At this point they can complete a diploma in construction management. You usually need a degree, a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or a Higher National Diploma (HND), in a relevant subject. This could be in construction, civil engineering, construction management, architecture or building surveying. Entry requirements vary according to the level of course, but are normally 1-3 Highers for an HNC or HND and 4-5 Highers for a degree.