Construction project managers and related professionals


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Job holders in this unit group manage and oversee major construction and civil engineering projects and major building contracts for quality of work, safety, timeliness and completion within budget; forecast travel patterns and develop strategies for managing the impact of traffic-related demand.


Entrants normally possess a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification and/or substantial work experience at an appropriate level. Further Continuing Professional Development is available in some areas.

Typical tasks

  • draws up budgets and timescales for new construction projects based on clients’ requirements;
  • briefs project team, contractors and suppliers;
  • assembles information for invoicing at the end of projects;
  • plans work schedules for construction projects based on prior discussion with architects, surveyors etc.;
  • hires and may supervise site staff, establishes temporary site offices, takes delivery of materials;
  • regularly inspects and monitors progress and quality of work, ensures legal requirements are met;
  • identifies defects in work and proposes corrections;
  • records, monitors and reports progress;
  • forecasts the impact on traffic and transport of new developments (e.g. shopping centre);
  • assesses schemes to manage traffic such as congestion charging and parking controls;
  • examines accident ‘blackspots’ to improve road safety;
  • writes reports for funding bids and planning authorities and acts as expert witness.

Common job titles

Engineer, civil, consulting
Manager, contracts (building construction)
Manager, proposals
Planner, transport
Manager, contracts, building
Manager, project (building construction)
Manager, commercial (building construction)
Clerk of works
Manager, projects (building construction)
Planner, transportation
Manager, infrastructure (railways)
Planner, traffic
Manager, contract (building construction)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.