2021 is a promising time to begin working in the construction industry. In 2017 there were around 2.73 million people employed either directly or indirectly by the construction industry. By 2020 they forecast this to increase by 1.5% to around 2.77 million.*
That means one thing is definite: more jobs for those already in the industry. The earlier someone enters the industry, the sooner they can start building their skills and experience. Then when new jobs arise, they’ll be more likely to get them.
About working in the construction industry
The construction industry, or ‘built environment’ as it is sometimes referred to, is vast in size and scale. Working in construction could mean building houses, designing bridges or fixing leaky taps. Project sizes could range from a garden shed to the Olympic Stadium. This means that the variety of roles within the industry is large as well. Roles can stretch across the project timeline, from architects in the early stages to decorators near the completion. You’ll find all types of people in the construction industry, from analytical thinkers to hard grafters.
Why you should consider working in the construction industry
One of the best reasons to become an experienced and qualified worker in the construction industry is that it isn’t restricted to one industry. As an example, with additional qualifications and skills, being a construction worker can be a fast-track into the rail industry. A lot of the applied skills are transferable and recognised within both industries.
Jobs in the Construction Industry- Architects
An architect’s main role is the designing of buildings and projects. They’re responsible for the early stage of the project, planning the building and structure.
Jobs in the Construction Industry- Surveyors
Construction industry surveyors come in two disciplines: building surveyors and quantity surveyors. Building surveyors take care of reporting on a building’s condition. Quantity surveys are responsible for the budget of the project. Including what the estimated cost will be and how that changes throughout the project.
Jobs in the Construction Industry- Civil/ Structural Engineers
Civil and structural engineers take the designs from architects and make sure they work in detail. They’re responsible for the structural and foundational security of the project and they can be in the office or out on-site.
Jobs in the Construction Industry- Site and Construction Managers
Site and construction managers are the people on the ground ensuring the construction project goes to plan. By managing the laborers and tradespeople, they’re responsible for making sure the project finishes on time to a high standard.
Jobs in the Construction Industry- Trades
From plumbers to scaffolders, every construction project requires the skills of a person trained in a specialist area. Getting started as a tradesperson means a long training period and qualification with a certified body.
Jobs in the Construction Industry- Labourer
Labourers are the general workers on construction sites. Their main role is to support the tradespeople, site managers and construction managers in their works. Working as a labourer can involve heavy lifting, light works, and other manual duties. Becoming a labourer can be a good entry point as it requires little-to-no qualifications.
At Crewit Resourcing, we’re specialists in the construction industry. If you’re looking for your next role or looking to hire a construction worker, you can find out more on our construction recruitment page here.