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A planner has one of the most important jobs in construction – deciding on the best methods for tackling a job and the most efficient order for doing the work.
Average salaries are in the region of £19,000.00 to £45,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
A planner is a construction professional who is the person concerned with developing the time plans on a construction project, deciding on the best methods for tackling a job and the most efficient order for doing the work.
Planners are responsible for construction projects being completed on time, safely, at the right price. Demand is high for skilled planners, they can be employed in a variety of ways. Most planners work directly for a main contractor tasked with completing the project, some work for specialist subcontractors, some planners work directly for the client, a consultancy capacity on behalf of the client.
A working day can include developing planning policy that takes account of transport, the local economy, jobs, environmental factors and the historic environment.
Site based planners usually report to either the project manager/director for the project delivery. Departmental planners report to a pre-construction director or a planning manager if there is a dedicated planning department.
One of the key skills for a planner is the ability to communicate with everyone in the project team. A planner must have good organisational and problem solving skills as he or she must co-ordinate a complicated sequence of work activities and keep everything going according to plan.
Many planners start their life as assistant planners or graduate planners who have finished a relevant degree course. They will be given small levels of responsibility and focus on supporting the planner.
After several years and significant experience in the role, planners can become Principal planners. They take a lead role in protecting and shaping our cities, towns and countryside and making our natural and built environments work together to create sustainable and diverse communities.
Planning managers (also known as planning team leaders or planning associates) are responsible for a team of planners, technicians and support staff.
They have an important role in balancing the housing and travel needs of a growing population with the impact on the planet. This could be looking at managing and reducing waste, and adapting to climate change. This could be by protecting against flooding or making sure new buildings don’t waste energy.
The job also means bringing run-down areas back to life, meeting modern development demands while protecting historic places, conservation areas and protected landscapes.Principal planners and planning managers also produce planning submissions, appeals, design and access statements, planning statements and other documents. They can manage a client portfolio, develop business relationships and run public consultations.
Due to planning being considered as one of the most important professions within Construction, and planners being high in demand means salaries can be very attractive. Freelance planners can demand very good rates. There is an opportunity of working overseas, with more possibility of this for planners who have Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) membership.
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options can improve with chatered status.
The qualifications you need to become a planner include:
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According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 16,240 Construction Professionals and Technical staff (which includes Construction Planners), every year between 2017 - 2021. The majority of this demand will be in Scotland followed by a fairly even spread across North East, East England, Wales, Northern Ireland and West Midlands.
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