Occupational supervisor/ team leader

Occupational supervisor / team leader

Occupational supervisors/team leaders work in a supervisory role and will be in charge of a team working on a construction project.

The Role

  • Taking on aspects of your team’s particular type of work, such as bricklaying, demolition or drilling
  • Ensuring workers follow company policy and procedures
  • Following plans
  • Using hand and power tools
  • Showing new and inexperienced construction workers how to do the job
  • Setting out and checking work
  • Working with technical drawings and plans
  • Setting the team tasks so the work is done properly and on time


  • Newly trained cccupational supervisors/team leaders can earn in the region of £23,000 - £26,000
  • Trained with experience cccupational supervisors/team leaders can earn in the region of £26,000 - £35,000
  • Senior cccupational supervisors/team leaders can earn in the region of £29,000 - £41,000

Self-employed cccupational supervisors/team leaders set their own pay rates. Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. 

Qualifications and Training

You need a good level of experience in your area of work to be a successful occupational supervisor or team leader. It’s useful to have an NVQ Level 2 to show you know your job inside out and can therefore support and supervise other people doing it. You can also take an NVQ Level 3 as a site supervisor, to gain leadership and supervisory skills.

In Scotland, you will need to pass a health and safety test and have a full Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) certificate. You would require at least a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 3 in Construction Site Supervision (Building and Civil Engineering). In some cases a relevant degree is required.



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