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The compliance manager’s role is to ensure that a business, its employees and its projects comply with all relevant regulations and specifications, as well as any ethical policies the company may have laid down.


Average salaries are in the region of £30,000.00 to £55,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

The compliance manager’s role is to ensure that the business, its employees and its projects comply with all relevant regulations and specifications, as well as any ethical policies the company may have laid down. 

What they do

Responsibilities can cover a wide range of areas, including:

  • Technical accreditations
  • Health and safety matters
  • Business processes

The compliance manager will work closely with teams across the business to make sure each member is aware of his or her role in compliance.

This will involve detailed research, documentation, risk assessments, training programmes and liaison with external bodies. There is a continual process of planning, implementation, inspections and communication with others.

This is a very important role: failure to meet necessary standards – whether legal or technical – could prove costly for the business, both financially and in terms of reputation.  

Typical tasks include

  • Working with other managers to ensure compliance across different areas of the business
  • Visiting sites to ensure that agreed procedures are being implemented
  • Carrying out reviews of processes
  • Maintaining records of compliance practices
  • Filing documentation with relevant bodies
  • Producing training materials that help others understand their role in compliance
  • Sharing best practice throughout the business
  • Adapting plans based on feedback from others
  • Keeping abreast with changing industry and legal requirements

Hours & Salary:

Compliance Managers usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday, but there may be times where overtime will be needed, particularly in more senior roles.

  • Newly trained compliance managers can earn in the region of £23,000-£30,000
  • Trained with experience compliance managers can earn in the region of £30,000-£55,000
  • Senior, chartered or master compliance managers can earn in the region of £55,000-£65,000.

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 


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Qualifications & Training

There are a number of routes that can lead to a position as compliance manager but many enter via a graduate training scheme. This will require a degree or equivalent in a subject such as Health & Safety, Business Administration, Building Services or other relevant field.

Once in position, further qualifications can also be gained from the ICA (International Compliance Association):

  • ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance
  • ICA Advanced Certificate in Compliance
  • ICA Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance

Education beyond degree level is also available in the form of an MSc in Law, Governance, Risk and Compliance.

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Career trends and forecasts

16,690 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 16,690 non-construction professional, technical , IT and other office based staff (which includes compliance managers), between 2017 - 2021. The majority of this demand will be in the South West followed by, East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, and Scotland and Wales.

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