Construction Manager

Construction Manager

Become a Construction Manager

The Construction Manager is one of the most senior people on a building site and pretty much everything is their responsibility. Any building, from a skyscraper to a new building estate, a factory or even just a small project, needs someone to ensure that from start to finish it is done within a specific timeframe and to budget. The construction manager is responsible for the practical side of managing and planning every stage of the build. They make sure the tradespeople and other construction workers are sticking to a joined-up plan and everything is kept moving along. Construction managers can be in charge of a whole site or a big part of a large-scale project.

  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Team working
  • Accuracy
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership skills
  • The ability to motivate a team
  • Decision-making skills
  • Organisational and planning skills
  • Maths and IT skills

There are a number of ways you can become a Construction Manager, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Construction Contracting Operations.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment or other related subjects.


Newly trained construction managers can earn £25,000 - £35,000

Trained construction managers with some experience can earn £35,000 - £48,000

Senior, chartered or master construction managers can earn £48,000 - £60,000

Self-employed construction managers set their own pay rates

Find the perfect career for you

There are hundreds of job roles in construction, from site work to office work or a combination of the two. Some of the many careers are listed in our careers A-Z, simply click on the letter of the career you are interested in to find out all about it.