Construction throughout the history of mankind has been an integral part of everything we do and the life of our planet. It continues to evolve and develop with new building materials and methods continuously shaping and improving the industry and its output. Construction began when mankind began to produce simple man made shelter as opposed to caves and other dwelling places provided by natural means. They used wood and other organic products for simple construction, the evolution of construction as we see it today had begun...
What is the construction industry?
Construction is a very diverse industry that includes activities ranging from mining, quarrying and forestry to the construction of infrastructure and buildings, the manufacture and supply of products, as well as maintenance, operation and disposal.
Construction output in the UK is more than £110 billion per annum and contributes 7% of GDP (ref Government Construction Strategy). Approximately a quarter of construction output is public sector and three quarters private sector.
There are three main sectors (ref Government Construction Strategy):
Commercial and social (approximately 45%)
Residential (approximately 40%).
Infrastructure (approximately 15%)
Approximately 60% of construction output is new build, whilst 40% is refurbishment and maintenance.
The industry accounts for approximately 3 million jobs, 10% of total UK employment (ref Construction 2025) and includes both manufacturing and services. According to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the industry is made up as follows:
Contracting, 2,030,000 jobs, 234,000 businesses.
Services, 580,000 jobs, 30,000 businesses.
Products, 310,000 jobs, 18,000 businesses.
Ref BIS, UK Construction, An economic analysis of the sector, July 2013.
Construction is a high cost, high risk, long-term activity, and so it's performance is a good indicator of the heath of the wider economy. When the economy falters, construction investment grinds to a halt, but when the economy begins to recover, the construction industry can quickly overheat.
Why choose a career in Construction?
The Construction Industry is a vital employer in the nation's economy. It offers you the opportunity to create and to build. Careers as craftworkers and professional management personnel cover a wide range of construction activities. The industry itself is diverse and embraces all kinds of projects such as office buildings, plants, schools, highways, hydroelectric dams, hospitals, churches, houses and tunnels. It also includes major maintenance and alteration projects. Large or small, the project is built carefully and capably by people with the ingenuity, skill and education to create. This could be your world.
Construction offers many different types of career paths, from semi- and skilled craft careers covering over numerous trades to jobs in management covering a wide scope of activities. The opportunities for advancement are virtually unlimited, regardless of where you choose to start.
The industry also offers national and international job markets, giving you the opportunity to select an employer in any city or town anywhere in the world. Few other careers offer this sort of opportunity.
Who hires employees trained in the building trades or with degrees in construction science? Obviously, one answer would be general contractors and subcontractors. These are the companies that do the greatest amount of new construction, rehabilitation, remodelling and maintenance. Many men and women with construction backgrounds are hired by other companies and agencies to evaluate, plan and oversee construction. Prospective employers in this group includes local, governments; hospitals; schools and commercial, industrial building of warehouses, factories and offices.
What personnel are in demand who should contact us?
There are a wide variety of construction related jobs across a range of disciplines. Typically the following personnel can transfer with ease with a little assistance:
Project Managers, Project Engineers, engineers and designers, Piping engineers, Electrical engineers, Mechanical engineers, Civil and structural engineers, Control and Instrumentation engineers, Safety personnel, Technical Safety engineers, Quantity surveyors, planning engineers, document controllers, admin personnel.
There is also a demand for senior commercial and managerial roles (eg.. business development managers, country and sales managers, those with Technical Safety experience, environmental impact assessment, government relations and project management.
In addition to this there is demand for HSE advisors and contract specialist. In most instances no training will be required prior to placement, but we are able to assist where required. We will put you in touch with employers happy to engage you with your current skills and qualifications.