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Construction Manager Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Construction Manager. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Construction Manager
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Construction Manager Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Construction managers, also known as site managers or site agents, supervise and direct operations on a construction project to ensure it is completed safely, on time and within budget. This may be the construction of a new building or buildings, or the maintenance and refurbishment of existing ones. On smaller sites, managers may carry sole responsibility for the whole project; on larger sites, they may be in charge of a particular section, reporting to the senior site manager. Senior construction managers may oversee several construction projects at the same time.

Duties typically include:

  • liaising with architects, planners, estimators and buyers prior to commencement of building work
  • planning a work schedule for the project using management software packages
  • preparing the construction site including hire of labour, installation of temporary offices and overseeing delivery of materials
  • liaising with the site workforce
  • monitoring building progress, in particular, quality of work, compliance with regulations, costs and speed of completion of stages
  • reporting regularly to the client.

Construction managers work closely with other professionals including architects, engineers, technicians and surveyors, and also act as a point of contact for the public. They have frequent meetings with subcontractors and daily contact with the site workforce.

Hours and Environment

The working week is usually 39 hours, Monday to Friday, but evening and weekend work may be required to meet deadlines.

Work is mainly on site in all weather conditions. Some work will be at heights off ladders or scaffolding. Protective clothing is required including safety boots, helmets and in certain cases goggles and ear defenders. Travel to and from sites and meetings is common, so driving licence is normally essential.

Skills and Interests

As a construction manager, you should:

  • have excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with a variety of people and to motivate staff
  • be well organised and have planning and problem-solving skills
  • be prepared to take on responsibility and be decisive
  • have a good numeracy and IT skills
  • have in-depth knowledge of all aspects of building
  • have a good knowledge of health and safety regulations
  • be physically fit.


Construction managers normally need a BTEC HNC/HND or a degree to enter as a trainee. Subjects such as building, building studies, building engineering/surveying, civil engineering, construction engineering management, building technology, and building management would be appropriate.

The entry qualifications for degree courses are usually five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and two A levels/three H grades, often in maths and science, or equivalent qualifications.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Many employers offer sponsorships to provide financial support during studies. This may include full payment of fees at university and a grant for living expenses. Most sponsored students are offered a job on completion of their course.

You may be able to enter the role by progressing from technician level. For details, see Building Technician.


Trainees tend to start as estimators, planners, buyers, site engineers or assistant site engineers. After gaining experience they may move into construction management or more complex projects. Employers have their own training programmes that extend the trainee's knowledge and experience, possibly combined with professional exams of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

The CIOB have information on a range of training programmes covering all aspects of construction management. Areas include construction project management, construction contracts and law, construction design and management (CDM) regulations, and technical and specification report writing.

The CIOB in conjunction with the National House Building Council also offer a series of work-related training programmes for those within the industry including:

Site Supervision NVQ Level 3
Site Management NVQ Level 4
Contracts Management NVQ Level 5.
There is also an NVQ programme at levels 3 and 4 for technical staff including estimators, planners and buyers. This covers tenders, procurement, organisation of resources, construction problems, dispute resolution and development of relationships. Contact CIOB for details.
The Association of Building Engineers (ABE) also offer information on a range of NVQ qualifications similar to those listed above. Contact ABE for details.


Construction managers work for construction companies or specialist subcontractors. There are also opportunities with local building contractors, central and local government, utility companies, and larger organisations such as major retailers.

There are opportunities to become self-employed on a consultancy basis, particularly in specialist aspects of the work, and opportunities to work abroad may be possible.

Experienced construction managers may progress into contract management, or become company directors. There are also opportunities in teaching and research, as well as support services such as health and safety.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Trainee construction managers earn in the region of £14,000 to £19,000.
Experienced managers earn between £25,000 to £40,000.

Further information

Chartered Institute of Building
Kings Ride
Tel: 01344 630700

Association of Building Engineers
Lutyens House
Billing Brook Road
Weston Favell
Tel: 0845 126 1058

Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 0808 100 0055

Other Useful Construction Manager Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Construction Manager job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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