There is an increasing number of construction manager jobs available in the UK construction industry. If you want to know how to become a construction manager and to see if the role is the right fit for you, read on to find out more.
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What does a construction manager do?
What is a construction manager’s salary?
As a construction manager, your salary can vary, depending on the area, project and employer you’re working for. At the start of your career you can expect to earn between £27,000 and £33,000 per year, with this increasing to £40,000 – £60,000 as you gain more experience.
What skills do I need?
Planning, decision-making, and problem-solving skills are essential, in order to handle the day-to-day running of a construction site and to overcome any potential obstacles you may face throughout a project.
Maths and IT skills are also important. You’ll need an in-depth knowledge of various building methods and be competent using project management and financial computer software.
What qualifications do I need?
Alternatively, you can apply for a Modern Apprenticeship through the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), after studying a number of subjects such as English, maths, science, and technology. You can then study part-time for an HNC/HND.
You’ll also need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site, and will need to have passed a health and safety test.
What are the hours and conditions?
Working on-site can be dusty, noisy, and dangerous. A lot of your time will be spent outdoors, meaning you’ll face all manner of different weather conditions.
As with any on-site work, you’ll be required to wear protective clothing, such as hardhats, safety boots, ear protection, and goggles.
An excellent way to improve your career progression prospects is to attain chartered status. The Chartered Institute of Building is an industry body that offers a number of different membership options to help you boost your career.