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Welsh Construction is on the up!

In the next few years, the Construction industry in Wales is expected to grow faster than
in any other part of the UK. 

Work in the Construction industry and you could be building new homes and new schools,
or repairing roads and rail networks.  You could even be involved in the construction of major industrial developments in Wales, like the new nuclear power station on Anglesey, or the tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.

There are a wide variety of jobs at all levels from skilled crafts like Carpenters and Plasterers to design and management roles like Civil Engineers, Architects and Town Planners.  




The Welsh Construction industry
is expected to grow 6% a year until 2019; twice the rate of the UK (CITB, 2015-2019)

1 in 4
UK construction jobs expected to be filled by females by 2020
(Randstad Construction, Property & Engineering 2015)


51%
of construction
jobs are skilled crafts like
plumbing
or carpentry
(Welsh Government, 2014)


3 out of 5
construction workers
in Wales are
self-employed
(Welsh Government, 2014)


 

 8% of the total Welsh workforce are employed in Construction (Welsh Government, 2014)


 


Wales needs more..

Surveyors, Painters and Decorators, 
 Architects, Carpenters and Joiners, 
Civil Engineers, Electrical and Electronic Trades, 
Bricklayers, Project Managers, Plasterers, 
 Draughtpersons, Construction Supervisors,   
Plumbing and Heating Engineers. 


 

Employment Hotspots

Cardiff
17,275

 

Swansea
7,634

 

Bridgend
6,148

 

Powys
6,133

 

Caerphilly
5,230

 

Rhondda Cynon Taff
5,039

 

Carmarthenshire
5,035

 

Wrexham
4,736

 

Pembroke
4,580

 

Gwynedd
4,551

 

Flintshire
4,534

 

Neath Porth Talbot
4,471

 

Conwy
3,855

 

Newport
3,439

 

Denbighshire
3,346

 

Torfaen
3,311

 

Ceredigion
2,775

 

Monmouth
2,759

 

Vale of Glamorgan
2,054

 

Isle of Anglesey
1,927

 

Blaenau Gwent
1,628

 

Merthyr Tydfil
1,298


Source: Welsh Government Priority Sector Statistics 2014

Cardiff has the largest population in Wales and the highest actual number of construction jobs.

Across Wales, construction jobs account for between 5% and 11% of the total workforce in each county.

Powys has the highest proportion at 11%, and Newport the lowest at 5%

Wylfa begins!

Construction of the new low carbon nuclear power station, Wylfa, on Anglesey, North Wales, is expected to start between 2015 and 2019. The project will need up to 6000 construction workers.


 

Meet the Employers

These are some of the construction employers in Wales:

Kronospan
Manufacturer of Wood Panels, Chirk, Wrexham. 


PAR Homes
House Builders, Llandrindod Wells.


Lloyd & Gravell Ltd
Construction company, Llanelli.


M2 Construction
Construction Services, Swansea.

Redrow plc
Housebuilder, Elwoe, Flintshire.


JCB Wrexham
Manufacturer of large construction equipment, Wrexham.


Lakesmere
Building Envelope Specialists, Newport.


Charnwood Group
Construction and Development, Cardiff. 


What can I earn?

Salaries can vary depending on your experience, the employer and where you live. Higher salaries can be awarded for more senior positions. Salaries also vary for self-employed workers.

Job Salary range dependent on experience (£)


£13,000 - £26,000


£13,000 - £34,000


£14,000 - £30,000


£14,000 - £24,000


£16,000 - £26,000


£16,000 - £29,000


£17,000 - £27,000


£17,000 - £28,000


£17,000 - £31,000


£18,000 - £27,000


£18,000 - £29,000


£18,000 - £31,000


£18,000 - £31,000


£18,000 - £34,000


£18,000 - £34,000


£18,000 - £50,000+


£19,000 - £31,000


£21,000 - £60,000+


£22,000 - £40,000+


£22,000 - £43,000


£22,000 - £50,000+


£23,000 - £50,000+



Source: CASCAiD 2015


Getting In

Most construction jobs involve practical or manual work. A career in Construction maybe for you if you are interested in:

  • Physical work and working with your hands
  • Working with tools and machinery 
  • Working as part of a team 
  • Following plans and specifications accurately
  • Problem solving  
  • Making calculations, and preparing estimates of costs and materials

The normal route into skilled crafts is through an Apprenticeship where you train on the job. There are over 30 different construction apprenticeship routes at different levels.


Search for Apprenticeships Find a course

341Construction
and Engineering related apprenticeships were advertised by Careers Wales during 2013/2014’


‘Employment growth is expected to be strongest in the professional occupational categories - Civil Engineers and Surveyors etc.’
(Welsh Government 2014)

 

For a professional occupation like Civil Engineering, Site Manager or Architect you will normally need a degree level qualification or equivalent.

Find out how to get into different Construction and Building jobs.

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18% of construction workers have the equivalent of a Level 4 qualification or above. 
For example, a Higher National Certificate (HNC)


 


 

Skills in demand

The Construction industry is one of the first industries to be affected by how the economy and the housing market is doing.  As the economy grows, the demand for construction skills at all levels will increase.

The demand for skills is also affected by new regulations and new building technologies.

Keep up to date with the latest regulations and sustainable building technologies CITB.


New in the sector..

 


Do I need Welsh Language skills?

If you work in Wales, being able to speak and write in both Welsh and English can give you an advantage in the workplace. Particularly if you are working in Welsh speaking areas and need to communicate with people as part of your job.   

In the Construction industry

 11%
of the construction workforce is Welsh speaking
(Census 2011)


25%
of construction employers say Welsh Language skills are 'very' or 'fairly' important
(Welsh Government 2014)



What about the future?

After a tough few years, the Construction industry in Wales is expected to grow at twice the rate of the UK as a whole up to 2019.  The expected increases in employment are mostly due to a number of new projects planned for Wales.  Projects like the construction of the new Nuclear Power station on Anglesey, and the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Power Plant.

Demand for professional occupations like Civil Engineers, Surveyors and Architects are expected to be greater than demand for the main skilled crafts.

Fastest growing construction jobs in Wales, shown in percentage of growth.

 Civil Engineers
19%


 Town Planners
19%


 Architects and Surveyors
17%


 Construction Project Managers
17%


 Construction and building trades supervisors
10%


 Plumbers and Heating and Ventilation Engineers
9%


 Draughtspersons and Architectural Technicians
7%


 Carpenters, Joiners and Interior Fitters
7%


 Building and Civil Engineering Technicians
5%


 Floorers and Tilers
5%


 Roofers
4%


 Plasterers, Painters and Decorators
4%


Source: Working Futures 2012-2022

 


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