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Construction manager

Construction managers are responsible for the practical side of managing and planning every stage of the building process.

The role

  • Handling health and safety on a project
  • Setting bench marks of work to be done
  • Setting and agreeing budgets for the work
  • Managing and recruiting staff for the project
  • Being directly responsible for the work being carried out and the decision making 
  • Working on-site - inspecting work, checking materials and their delivery and storage, checking everyone is following safety rules
  • Working in the office - dealing with contracts, working with clients, holding meetings to keep the project on time and on budget
  • Work closely with architects and construction engineering professionals on a project. 

Qualifications and training

Degrees that can lead to a position as a construction manager include building management, engineering, construction management, project management and building studies. It’s a good idea to check your qualification is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building.

Construction managers have usually put in at least 10 years in the sector before being considered for the role. People who have not completed a related qualification in construction management can still move into the role on the strength of their experience in the industry. At this point they can complete a diploma in construction management.

You usually need a degree, a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or a Higher National Diploma (HND), in a relevant subject. This could be in construction, civil engineering, construction management, architecture or building surveying.

Entry requirements vary according to the level of course, but are normally 1-3 Highers for an HNC or HND and 4-5 Highers for a degree.


  • Newly trained construction managers can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000
  • Trained with experience construction managers can earn in the region of £35,000 - £48,000
  • Senior, chartered or master construction managers can earn in the region of £48,000 - £60,000

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




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