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Site inspectors monitor all work carried out on a construction site to ensure safety and standards are upheld.

Average salaries are in the region of £30,000.00 to £40,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

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Site Inspectors monitor all work carried out on a construction site to ensure safety and standards are upheld.

What they do

They carry out regular inspections to check the quality of work, identifying any potential problems and then reporting their findings with recommendations for improvements. Often they will have responsibility for supervising the different teams working on a site.

As a Site Inspector, you would work alongside many other teams within a business, such as management or design engineers, and therefore require excellent organisational skills and a strong ability to multitask.

Typical tasks include:

  • Regular inspections of construction sites
  • Liaising between different departments
  • Monitoring the complete building process
  • Safeguarding the quality of work
  • Ensuring adherence to proposed plans
  • Arranging meetings
  • Predicting potential problems
  • Ensuring adherence to legislation

Hours & Salary: 

Typically, Site Inspectors work around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm. It is uncommon for overnight or weekend work to apply but could in exceptional circumstances.

  • Newly trained site inspectors can earn in the region of £20,000£30,000
  • Trained with experience site inspectors can earn in the region of £30,000£40,000
  • Senior site inspectors can earn in the region of £40,000£50,000

Salaries typically range depending on location, employer and level of responsibility.


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Qualifications & Training

An Honours Degree in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent, can be desirable, particularly in engineering, construction, law or health and safety. Some positions may require chartered status with a relevant body.

However, industry experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered, for example: IOSH Working Safely, IOSH Managing Safely, or CITB Site Safety Plus training courses. 

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Career trends and forecasts

16,240 additional staff needed

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 Site Inspectors), 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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