Site manager

Site Manager

Site managers run the workforce on a building site.

The Role

  • Liaising with clients and reporting progress, professional staff (such as architects and surveyors) and the public
  • supervising contracted construction workers
  • meeting subcontractors
  • making safety inspections and ensuring construction and site safety
  • checking and preparing site reports, designs and drawings
  • maintaining quality control checks
  • motivating the workforce throughout the project
  • day to day problem solving
  • using specialist construction management computer applications


  • Assistant/trainee construction jobs in site management can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000
  • Trained with experience site managers can earn in the region of £35,000 - £45,000
  • Senior or chartered site managers can earn in the region of £45,000 - £50,000

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

Qualifications and Training

It is essential to keep up to date with legislation, compliance and reporting requirements through regular training and continuous professional development (CPD).

That means attending training courses, seminars and conferences to understand the current issues in construction and refresh your skills and knowledge. Most large firms offer structured training. 

In Scotland, 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.

As a school leaver, you can apply through ConstructionSkills for a Modern Apprenticeship, after taking a group of subjects at Standard grade or National 5. Subjects should include English, maths and science or technological subjects. You can then study part time for an HNC or HND.

Once you've got your construction qualifications and some experience you can also become chartered or a chartered builder. Becoming chartered means you have proved that you are highly experienced and skilled at doing your job. It is comparable to a bachelor’s degree and is recognised all over the world.

Becoming chartered can enhance your career, increase your salary and boosts the professionalism of your organisation. There are many routes to becoming chartered. Whether you’re a graduate, have technical or vocational qualifications or have simply built up years of experience, you can choose the path that best suits you.

You can achieve chartership through the relevant professional institution for the career you are following however a full range of management roles within construction can gain chartered status through The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

You need to hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to work on a construction site. You will need to pass a health and safety test and have a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) certificate.

Progression Opportunities

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Next Steps


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Find out more

For information on the Site manager role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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