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Construction Supervisor

Construction supervisors/managers (also known as site agents, supervisors and managers) oversee and direct people to make sure construction projects are completed safely, on time and within budget. They are responsible for making sure that construction projects run smoothly, which may include:

  • overall health and safety on site 
  • maintaining communications with all construction professionals 
  • developing a project programme for contractors to follow 
  • supervising the building work and site workforce, including preparing the site and hiring the workforce 
  • co-ordinating logistics 
  • forward planning and identifying potential problems 
  • conducting regular inspections 
  • reporting on progress to clients. 
 
Construction supervisors/managers usually work normal office hours, Monday to Friday, although flexibility is important owing to deadlines. They may travel to sites, which may entail spending variable periods away from home.
 
Their time is split between office work and site visits. Inspecting building works can involve climbing ladders and scaffolding. 
 
Salaries may range from around £20,000 for trainees to around £38,500 for site managers, potentially reaching £70,000 or more for very senior managers.
 

Useful websites

Chartered Institute of Building http://www.ciob.org.uk/
Construction Skills Certification Scheme  http://www.cscs.uk.com/
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