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Fundamental to the execution of a building project, planners create a programme of works to help achieve its successful completion.

Average salaries are in the region of £45,000.00 to £55,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Fundamental to the execution of a building project, planners create a programme of works to help achieve its successful completion.

What does this role involve?

Working as a Planner means that there is a lot of variety in the role. It involves:

  • Choosing technology
  • Estimating required resources
  • Defining work tasks and planning on how long they'll take
  • Developing a construction project's budget and its schedule of work

With an emphasis on cost and schedule control, they generate a plan for required activities and by means of analysis, choose from among the various means of performing them.

Would I be working in an office?

Working in construction as a planner, you'll often be office-based, but you'll also carry out regular site visits to monitor progress and ensure timely project completion.    

Typical tasks include:

  • Meeting regularly with clients, third parties and managers to report progress
  • Determining the manpower and man hour requirements of various stages of a project
  • Recommending procedure improvements
  • Monitoring performance and mitigating the impact of project delays
  • Coordinating sub-contractor planning and scheduling
  • Analysing drawings to calculate programme durations

How much could I earn?

  • Newly-qualified planners or those with limited experience can earn in the region of £25,000 to £35,000
  • With experience, they can earn in the region of £45,000 to £55,000
  • Senior planners can earn in excess of £60,000

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.

How many hours would I work?

Construction planner jobs usually involve working full-time hours. However, overtime may be required in order to meet deadlines.  

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Case Study

What do you do?

My role involves helping to produce programmes for projects during the pre-construction phase. This enables each job to be planned out fully, ensuring the correct time allowance to complete the job from start to finish. I also carry out site visits, monitor progress and come up with ideas to ensure projects are kept on programme and to intended time. 

What do you like about your job?

As my job allows me to be involved with both pre-construction and construction works, I enjoy a good variety of work, including site visits, client meetings and also interviews for potential new jobs. No two days are the same and I get to experience a number of different situations.

What’s your working day like?

My working day depends on the job I am working on. If it’s a new project, I will be looking through drawings, working out programme durations and analysing how a project will be built. If I am on a site visit, I will walk around the project, taking an independent view on where I see the project in terms of programme progress. I may also deal with potential client issues, look at ways to produce programmes and tackle any construction issues.

What skills do you need in your job?

A knowledge of construction is important, particularly when looking at programme durations and assessing how a project could be built. Similarly, organisation skills are key to ensuring nothing is missed when planning a project. I also think the ability to listen is important in construction planner jobs, particularly when it comes to the views of the client, but also those of colleagues. This allows for the best input when developing a programme.

What was your background before starting this role?

Before starting this role, I did a geography degree at the University of the West of England. Following that, I travelled in South East Asia for three months and then completed a masters in spatial planning at Birmingham City University on my return. I then applied for the Graduate Scheme at Wates, working as a production management trainee, becoming a section manager after three years. I moved into my current position, as assistant planner, in January this year.

What are you most proud of in your career?

I am most proud of being awarded a place on the Construction Strategy Board alongside the key decision-makers in the business. It’s an honour to be chosen to be on the board.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

I see myself, hopefully, still with Wates, in a successful position where I’m able to influence people and be well respected by my colleagues.

Any advice on how to get into construction?

Have an open mind and be prepared to get up early! 

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

To start working in construction as a planner you would usually need an HNC or HND or a degree, ideally in a construction or building-related discipline.

What if I don't have the right qualifications?

For those without formal qualifications, it’s still possible to progress on the strength of industry experience. A combination of work and part-time study to complete relevant construction qualifications could lead to a position as a planner.

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Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites you may find useful: 


Estates Gazette


The number of jobs vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary daily, as these are external websites. Check regularly to see new opportunities as they are posted.

Career trends and forecasts

740 additional staff needed

There will be an additional 740 construction vacancies within the category of other construction process managers (which includes construction jobs such as planners) every year to meet demand from now until 2019, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).

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