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An Occupational Works Supervisor takes a leadership role on site, supervising and directing operations on a construction project to make sure it is completed safely, on time and within budget.

Average salaries are in the region of £27,000.00 to £45,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

An Occupational Works Supervisor takes a leadership role on site, supervising and directing operations on a construction project to make sure it is completed safely, on time and within budget.

What they do

Occupational Works Supervisors have responsibility for the supervision of the whole workplace on smaller sites.On larger sites, they may be responsible for a particular section or group of workers and report to a senior supervisor.

The role will involve leading by example when supervising the health, safety and welfare of workers. developing and maintaining good working relationships, as well as coordinating and organising work operations.

Typical tasks include:

  • Planning work to ensure the availability of plant, labour and materials
  • Allocating and monitoring the use of plant and equipment
  • Monitoring progress against the works programme
  • Working closely with the site workforce once building is underway
  • Monitoring costs and checking quality
  • Making sure the work meets legal requirements and Building Regulations

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained occupational works supervisors can earn in the region of £23,000 and £27,000 per year
  • Trained with experience occupational works supervisors can earn in the region of £27,000 and £45,000
  • Senior occupational works supervisors can earn in excess of £70,000 a year

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.

Most roles involve a 40 hour week. Some overtime may be required to meet project deadlines, and could include some evening or weekend work.


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Case Study

Lewis Mallett is an Assistant Site Manager for Kier Construction

What does your role involve?

My role involves giving inductions, daily briefings, undertaking safety meetings, managing subcontractors, dealing with queries and problems, ordering materials and managing health and safety in various ways.

What do you like about your job?

I like meeting new people, overcoming problems and handing the job over to a happy client at the end.

What's your working day like?

I start on site at 7am and generally do not get finished until 6pm; sometimes this can be later depending on the project that I'm working on. This is generally Monday to Friday but there can be some weekend working at certain times in the project.

It's a very busy industry and can be very demanding but if you enjoy your work, this isn't a problem. It's very much a team effort on site so there are many people to work with and help / guide you if you should need it.

What skills do you need in your job?

You need to be patient, open-minded, a good listener and be able to think on your feet. You need to have good people skills and be able to talk to people in an appropriate manner. You also need to be able to manage your time wisely and prioritise tasks that you need to undertake.  Finally you need to be computer literate and have a good sense of humour!

What was your background before starting this role?

I have undertaken various different jobs since leaving school, but before I started working for Kier, I worked for Interserve, where I worked on an Alarms Project in Channing Woods Prison, in Newton Abbot in Devon. Luckily, a friend of the family was a Project Manager on the project and provided me with an opportunity to work under him. This gave me experience and an insight into the industry which intrigued me more about getting a job in construction.

What are you most proud of in your career?

Since I have been working for Kier, I have gained qualifications and won a few awards within the company.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?

I don't like to put timescales on things but I would like to be successfully project managing my own projects for Kier.

A bit of advice for anyone thinking about a career in construction?

I would highly recommend a work experience placement before jumping into the role, so that you can get a true feel for what is expected of you.  I came through an Apprenticeship route, which I felt, was a good balance as I trained and worked at the same time, gaining both experience on site and the qualifications at the National Construction College in Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

You may be able to get into this career if you have several years’ employment experience, for example from working as an estimator, building technician, surveyor or site supervisor.

You could then apply to do an NVQ Diploma or Scottish equivalent SVQ in occupational works supervision.

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Career trends and forecasts

4310 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 4310 construction project managers (which includes occupational works supervisors) between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand is a fairly even split between North East, East of England and Northern Ireland.

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