An Insight into Working in Construction

At ARC we have extensive experience and deal with some of the UK’s market leading construction companies in the residential, civil and commercial sectors. We have fast become a well-established specialist construction agency, defined by our unrivalled customer service and expertise. Our track record is proven by our continuous recommendations from both clients and candidates. So if you want to know more about working in construction, you’ve come to the right place!

What job opportunities are available in construction?

Quantity Surveyors – The role of a quantity surveyor is essential during the planning stages of a construction project. They are tasked with doing detailed calculations to determine the quantity of materials needed to complete the project.

Bricklayer – Brick layers specialise in building and repairing brickwork and stone structures. This can include fireplaces, pavements, patios, and walls.

Site Engineers – The role of a site engineer is vast and can cover multiple bases.

Site Engineers are tasked with the planning and coordination of the technical aspects of construction.

They are also responsible for fixing any issues that may arise during construction.

Construction Managers – The role of a construction manager is perfect for someone who has good management skills.

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These professionals are responsible for overseeing an entire construction project from beginning to end.

Health and Safety Advisors – A health & safety advisor is one of the most important roles to be undertaken on a construction site.

Health and safety advisors are tasked with evaluating the risk on site and coming up with ways to reduce this risk – this is done to ensure safety of everyone working on the site.

These are just a few of the many different jobs in the construction industry that are available if you’re looking to start and progress in a career in construction. Most of these job roles provide the opportunity for someone to start at the bottom and work their way up – gaining a lot of experience and knowledge as you go, with your wage increasing over time.

How much money can I earn working in construction?

As of 2022, workers can expect an average starting salary of approx £20,000, with the highest salaries exceeding £50,000. Depending on your experience level and time in the industry, your wage will differ – and the salary will change quite drastically depending on what the specialism is.

For example, quantity surveyors can make anything from £35,000 per year all the way to £60,000.

Despite being an artisan trade, bricklayers can earn an average of £30,306 per year. While the work bricklayers do can be quite standard, there is room for a lot of creativity.

Site engineers in the United Kingdom are some of the highest-paid construction workers, taking home anything between £40,000 and £70,000 per year. This salary can range depending on personal experience and the seniority of the position itself.

With an average salary of around £52,944 per year, construction managers are among some of the highest earners in the industry.

Health and safety officers can earn anywhere from £30,000 to £50,000 a year in the UK. This salary will range depending on the construction company and the details of the project. 

Carpenters make an average of £39,485 per year. This is notable since you don’t need specific qualifications to be a carpenter.

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The average weekly earnings for workers in construction has shot up by over 14% since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest official figures. ONS data shows that wage growth in construction in April was the largest out of any sector. The 14.2% rise is nearly two percentage points ahead of the 12.3% wage growth seen in the finance and business services sector.

How can I find a job working in construction with no experience?

Construction jobs come with a wide range of tasks and working conditions, so there are plenty of skills and traits beneficial to workers in the industry that will help you secure a job with little to no experience. Each profession will have its own skill requirements, but there are certain skills which are desirable across all construction roles.

Communication – Verbal or written, communication is one of the most important skills that anyone can have in a construction career.

Quick, honest and concise communication is great for building relationships with colleagues and clients.

Self Management – Self management means being able to manage your own time and tasks, without having to be told. Using initiative to organise where tools and equipment are and how they’re handled can really speed up the job you’re working on, and will be greatly appreciated.

Team Working – No matter your role in construction, onsite or in an office, you will likely be working closely with others. 

Building positive relationships with your colleagues is key to success within the industry, as well as with people outside your company.

Willingness to Learn – All construction professionals, from those with decades of experience to newbies, should have a willingness to learn new things.

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This is important for entry level jobs particularly, as the quicker you learn and adapt to new ways of working the sooner you can progress. 

Problem Solving – How you respond to and deal with problems is important. Identifying a problem early on can save a lot of time and money, so being able to think on your feet is a valuable asset.

Why should I work with a construction recruitment agency?

We recruit temporary and permanent blue and white collar workers, both skilled and unskilled, for the construction sector throughout the UK. We are on call 7 days a week, 24hrs a day, to ensure we meet our candidates’ needs. Our team can handle the recruitment process on your behalf, from approaching clients who are recruiting and pitching your experience to them, to ensuring you are paid correctly on-time.

Our service is typified by our friendly and reliable consultants and our personalised approach. We care about our clients and candidates and provide a service that reflects this.

Here is what we can offer you as a candidate:

  • On time payment
  • 1 hour payment resolution
  • Branded PPE
  • Free face fit testing
  • Free CSCS Cards
  • Discounted Plant tickets with a leading NPORS provider
  • CV / Profile building
  • Health Assured Product
  • Competition entries
  • Varied job roles and positions
  • Temp – Perm opportunities
  • Online timesheets
  • Manual Handling & Asbestos awareness

If you’re looking for a job in construction, let us help! Get in touch with our team here.

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