Construction and Building Trades

Job holders in this unit group undertake a variety of tasks in the construction, alteration, maintenance and repair of buildings, steeples, industrial chimneys and other tall structures, and of underwater structures.


New workers

New workers start around £15,478. Normal pay is £27,940 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £40,582.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 103,016 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Checks and puts on diving suit and equipment and descends underwater to carry out construction, maintenance and repair tasks on sites such as oil rigs, harbours, bridges etc.

  • Erects and repairs fencing.

  • Maintains and repairs steeples, industrial chimneys and other high structures, and installs and replaces lightning conductors.

  • Installs plumbing fixtures, woodwork structures and fittings, and sets glass in frames.

  • Pours and levels concrete, prepares surfaces for painting and plastering, and mixes and applies plaster and paint.

  • Lays bricks, tiles and building blocks to construct, repair and decorate buildings.

  • Selects, measures and cuts steel bars, rods and wire to required lengths, positions and fixes reinforcements into position and tensions as required using hydraulic jacks.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Field Service Management

  • Plumbing

  • Painting

  • Machinery

  • Carpentry

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Property Maintenance

  • Fire Alarm Systems

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Textiles

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Problem Solving

  • Management

  • Detail Oriented

  • Self-Motivation

  • English Language

  • Operations

  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving)

  • Mathematics

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.