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Construction contracts manager

Construction contracts managers look after building contracts and construction costs.

Annual Salary

£25,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: between 8am and 6pm;

3.5%
Future employment

There will be 3.5% more Construction contracts manager jobs in 2026.

Day to day tasks

In this job, you would:

  • draft plans and estimates for building work, including budgets and timescales
  • prepare and present documents for tender
  • plan what work needs doing
  • tell teams, contractors and suppliers what to do
  • gather information for invoicing at the end of the project
  • supply information to resolve contract disagreements
  • identify areas for improvement

Working environment

You could work at a client's business, on a construction site or in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
University

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject about construction.

Subjects that include units on contract law are useful, for example:

  • civil or structural engineering
  • construction management
  • building studies
  • quantity surveying

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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Apprenticeship

You could start by doing a degree apprenticeship in construction management or design and construction management. After you finish, you can specialise in contract work.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
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Work

You may be able to move into contract management after working as an administrator or contracts assistant at a construction company.

Experience and qualifications in quantity surveying or estimating could also be useful.

Direct application

If you have project management or contract experience from another industry, like civil engineering, you could use this to apply for contract management jobs in construction.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

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Further information

You'll find more advice about working and training in contract management through:

Go Construct

The Chartered Institute of Building

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With experience, you could:move into general construction management; become a consultant; become a company director; work in larger construction project management by completing a degree apprenticeship in project control; work in support services, like health and safety inspection; move into a related industry, such as civil engineering

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • maths knowledge
  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • business management skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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