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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

As a school leaver, you can apply for an apprenticeship in construction  and progress to become a site manager, or you could apply for a higher apprenticeship in construction management.

Another way would be to have gained a degree or, 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.

You can progress your career and achieve chartership after several years experience at 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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