"Construction is getting dirty, wet, and cold for hardly any money, right?" Er, wrong!?
Construction: getting dirty in the rain for not a lot of money, right?
“Wrong!” says Paul Payne, the boss at specialist construction recruitment firm, OneWay.
“One of the major challenges facing the construction industry is that views like this are still the norm. The sector is so much more than it’s made out to be and, in fact, there’s huge potential to develop a career.
“Did you know, for example, that pay in construction often matches that in other more popular industries like accountancy and surpasses that of teaching and marketing?
“Or, did you know that the skills possessed by accountants are almost identical
to those of a quantity surveyor?” (We checked - a quantity surveyor is someone who calculates the amount of materials needed for building work, and how much they will cost. It’s an important job –could be the difference between profit or poverty!).
“Now”, said Paul, “guess which one of those professionals gets the satisfaction of contributing to a major housing or infrastructure project, such as an airport or railway station once it’s completed. Spoiler – it’s not the accountant!”
Sphere Solutions backs up what Paul says, listing the seven top paying jobs in construction to be:
COMMERCIAL MANAGER – £68,000
DESIGN MANAGER - £62,000
SENIOR ESTIMATOR - £61,000
CONTRACT MANAGER - £56,000
SENIOR QUANTITY SURVEYOR - £54,000
PROJECT MANAGER - £50,000
SENIOR SITE MANAGER - £44,000
BUT, HOW CAN YOU GET INTO THE INDUSTRY?
“There are numerous routes for people
of all ages and experience levels to enter construction. One of the most popular is to undertake an Apprenticeship. There you’ll be starting at ground level within a firm, but it will give you the opportunity to learn on the job at a quicker rate than any other route.” says Paul.
BUT, WHAT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO DO AN APPRENTICESHIP?
“Many major firms also have graduate programmes that train young people in a range of specialisms such as project management or design, for example. Others will advertise for entry level positions in administrative type roles, which can allow you
to gain experience working for the company and then move into a different area later on. “And,” says Paul, “it’s not just for boys!”
For more information on how to get a career in construction visit our partners at NOCN