Construction is a vital industry within the UK, which continuously performs to serve its purpose with 5-7% of all jobs nationwide being accounted for by the Construction sector. The industry adds huge value to society, working to create and maintain businesses, hospitals, homes, infrastructure, and more. It’s estimated to contribute a GVA (Gross Value Added) of £130 billion to the UK economy every year - would you have guessed?
Let's delve into the benefits of pursing a career within Construction.
#1- Options are Countless
The Construction sector is a hugely vast industry to work within, therefore allowing for a lot of suitable roles to fit people’s strengths and needs. Positions within Construction vary, ranging from unskilled roles to higher-skilled roles that require extensive training. Job titles within the Construction industry include, but are not limited to:
This is only a short list to give you a quick taste for the opportunities that live within the sector.
We cater for a range of roles in the Trades and Labour, Technical and Engineering, and Industrial sectors. However, National Careers has lots of information regarding other progression routes within the industry. Take a look!
#2- No Day Is The Same
No two days are the same when working in the construction industry, you will be continuously faced with new challenges and opportunities day to day, allowing you to reach your full potential. If sitting at a desk in an office from 9-5 isn’t for you, and you prefer a job more hands-on, working in the construction industry may be suited to you. For example, when working on a construction site, the workload constantly changes as you progress, therefore keeping you on your toes. You will find yourself working in and out of different projects, putting your skills to practice, and developing new skills. Dependent upon your job role, your day-to-day workload will differ, but as one of the most popular, and most common job roles in Construction, you can view the typical day-to-day role of a builder online.
#3- Competitive Pay
The construction industry is a highly competitive sector, with room for progressing your way up, meaning that the salaries also reflect this. Great news if you are someone that has huge prospects around progression and climbing the corporate hierarchy.
Typically, your salary would be dependent on the level of experience within your job role, and the work you carry out, however, an average can be seen below.
Quantity Surveyor - £24,000-£49,000
Project Manager - £31,000-£73,000
Construction Manager - £30,000-£63,000
Commercial Manager - £39,000-£87,000
Electrician - £31,000- £37,500
Brick Layer - £12,000-£50,000
HGV Driver - £27,000-£37,5000
Caretaker - £22,000-£27,000
Painter/Decorator - £17,000-£32,000
#4- You See Progress Everyday
If you’re someone who likes to feel like you are making progress every day and see the impact their work has, then working in the Construction can be extremely rewarding. Over time, watching your day-to-day work turn into a completed project is a fulfilling aspect of working within the industry. The demand for construction work also means that there is more than likely always going to work for you within your specific role, therefore resulting in your skill development, followed by more completed projects and further self-pride. As your career progresses, your salary progression will also align, presenting another aspect of the industry that is rewarding.
#5- Travel Opportunities
When working within Construction, you’re likely to be working across different sites based in several locations. This can open many opportunities for traveling, whether it be in and around the country, or further afield. Although this can take up a lot of time, traveling to different locations allows you to meet new people, and grow your connections further within the industry, perhaps widening your opportunities for further work. Additionally, when working in construction, your surroundings are always changing, thus giving you a constant scenery change, allowing your job to be more exciting.
On the other hand, you also have the freedom to travel, if you’re working from a specific company, as once you have experience within the trade, there are endless opportunities within the industry, as it’s such a large sector. Construction happens everywhere, in every country, therefore with the construction skillset, you are more likely to find a job easier, wherever you go.
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