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Construction site supervisor Building site manager, site inspector, clerk of works

Construction site supervisors manage staff and subcontractors on building sites.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £28,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need experience and qualifications in construction or civil engineering. You’ll also need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and relevant health and safety training.

You’ll usually need a full driving licence to travel between sites.

CITB and Go Construct has more information about working in construction.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • management skills
  • clear communication skills
  • IT skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll be:

  • supervising workers and subcontractors
  • helping project managers to plan work
  • managing orders and deliveries of construction materials
  • organising staff work schedules
  • checking work is carried out safely
  • completing records for site reports
  • attending site management meetings

4. Salary

Starter: £28,000 to £35,000

Experienced: £35,000 to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £40,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 40 hours a week, but overtime may be required to meet construction deadlines. Your work will be split between the office and outdoors on-site.

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could specialise in health and safety, contract management or move into general construction management. 

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Last updated: 08 December 2016