Careers in Construction - Finding the Perfect Match


The construction industry requires a variety of distinct roles from bricklaying to management, all of which, your soft skill set may be perfectly suited to.

In the first quarter of this year, the construction industry continued to grow by 0.2%. It may seem small but with growth comes employment. As well as projects such as Crossrail, the UK’s housebuilding trend continues to grow, demanding skillsets from several professions.

The careers in construction and property range from bricklaying to labouring, site management and surveying a site. Recruitment consultants Randstad have combined their knowledge to design a construction career match tool that allows you to enter three of your skills to determine what industry job suits you best.

If you are thinking about finding a match for your skillset in construction, your journey would start by choosing three characteristics from a range of soft skills listed as one of the following: 

  • Analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Numerical skills
  • People skills
  • Persistence and patience
  • Practical skills
  • Problem solving

The tool then computes the data and leads you towards a comprehensive list of trades and the various aspects of each role, including responsibilities and common career route.

For example, if your soft skills are attention to detail, people skills and problem solving, your career match would be a Facilities Manager. Alongside the match, responsibilities, salary guide, career route and required skills will be displayed.

In the unlikely event that the tool does not match you to your perfect career first time, you can also explore the other roles in construction and all the associated information.

You may discover that painting and decorating is your ticket out of the office.