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Construction manager

Alternative titles for this job include Site manager

Construction managers organise building projects to make sure they're completed safely, within budget and on time.

Average salary (a year)

£27,000 Starter


£65,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends away from home

How to become

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How to become a construction manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You'll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:

  • building studies or building engineering
  • surveying or civil engineering
  • construction engineering
  • construction site management
  • estimating

Find out about courses and universities accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building.

Courses are likely to include topics like project management, economics, IT and accounting.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could do a degree apprenticeship in:

  • construction site management
  • design and construction management

These typically take between 3 and 4 years to complete, as a mix of learning in the workplace and studying at an approved university.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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You may be able to move up into this job after gaining several years experience in another construction industry role like:

  • estimator
  • building technician
  • surveyor
  • site supervisor

Direct Application

You could apply directly if you've got several years' management experience in a related industry like civil engineering.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could become a member of The Chartered Institute of Building, for professional recognition, to build your network and find out about continuous professional development opportunities.

Further information

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • business management skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a manager, you'll:

  • review plans with architects, surveyors and engineers
  • hire staff and make sure the site has the materials it needs
  • organise work schedules
  • monitor building progress and costs
  • check the quality of the work your team has done
  • report progress to clients, partners and local communities
  • maintain and promote health and safety

Working environment

You could work on a construction site or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, at height and you may spend nights away from home.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into contract management or consultancy. With further training, you could work in support services like health and safety or building inspection.

You can improve your career prospects by getting chartered status, through an industry body like The Chartered Institute of Building.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Site Delivery Manager

  • Wage: £12,480.00 Annually
  • Location: Northampton Road, Manchester

Courses In England

HNC Construction Management

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Durham

HNC Construction Management (HTQ)

  • Start date: 27 September 2024
  • Location: Warrington

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