A big part of the UK workforce
Many people don't realise that there are over 2.35 million
people employed in the construction sector, which is 8% of the UK
In fact, construction contractors make up around
30% of the UK's top thirty companies. Almost all the firms in the
construction industry (92%) are small and a third of the workforce
is self-employed (37%).
So you can see that there are lots of
opportunities to work in all sorts of companies and many
construction workers get to travel a lot and see the
world. Although most of the workers in construction (55%) are
involved in manual jobs, there are also plenty of chances to work
in management and even on the board of directors!
Despite the recession, the construction sector did better than
hoped last year and from 2013 the industry is expected to start to
recover and even grow by 6.2% by the end of 2015.
Nearly 43,000 new entrants will be needed every year, between
now and 2015, for new construction projects and to cover the
natural flow of workers in and out of the industry.
All these changes mean that there will be lots of chances for
you work in all sorts of jobs, countries, companies and even for
yourself if you want to.
Number of workers needed
2011 - 2015
|Wood trade and interior fit out
|Building Envelope Specialists
|Painters and Decorators
|Plasterers and dry liners
|Specialist Building Operatives e.g. Ceiling fixers, Pipe layer,
Thermal insulation fitter
|Electrical Trades and Installation
|Plumbing and Heating, Ventilation
and Air Conditioning Trades
|Civil Engineering Operatives
Source - Construction Skills Network, Experian