Why now is the time to construct a career in buildings

The UK buildings sector is on a sharp upward trajectory. With increased investment across multiple regions and a series of public sector infrastructure projects underway or in the pipeline, there’s no better time to explore engineering jobs in buildings. But why is the sector on the up?

Opportunities from overseas investment

Following the Brexit outcome of last year’s EU referendum, substantial investment in the UK’s infrastructure from the Far East and Middle East has boosted the national workload, providing the funds to regenerate a number of regions.

Addressing the housing crisis

More recently the government’s precommit of ‘brownfield land’ for SMEs to deliver around 2 million homes by 2020 has also created an influx of jobs nation-wide. This land and opportunity is what the government hopes will encourage a rise in the housing market.

Skills shortages

It’s well documented that the buildings sector is a scarcely-skilled market, but it’s the imbalance of demand and supply of certain engineering skills within the sector that means there is plenty of opportunity for people with those particular skill-sets.

What sorts of opportunities are available?

High-profile developments are happening all over the country, most notably in Manchester, Birmingham and London, to ensure opportunities, growth and regeneration is spread throughout the UK. Airport terminals, residential and commercial properties, hospitals and stadiums are the heart of it all. And it’s the scale and excitement of these projects that hold the most attraction to those working in the buildings sector, with 34% of the workforce admitting that a lack of interesting and meaningful work/projects has a big influence on job satisfaction and their decision to leave their current employer (Matchtech Voice of the Workforce 2017).

Heathrow Airport expansion, 1 Undershaft, HS2, Southbank Place and the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Stadium project are just a few of the most notable projects currently being worked on – projects the government hopes will create higher job satisfaction, and a better distribution of wealth, jobs and infrastructure across the country.

Stuart Minchin, Director of Buildings, Matchtech, offers insight to some of the key roles that are currently in demand in the buildings sector:

“Once planning is approved there is often an immediate push for engineers, both permanent and contract across architectural, design and construction disciplines. The snap general election is of keen interest to those working in the sector; however, all leading parties have pledged investment in the infrastructure sector to drive the economy. Although degree-qualified and chartered engineers are attractive to employers, it is people with the right level of ability and a passion for the job that are most important.”

If you aren’t already working within buildings but are interested in these projects, you aren’t alone, as 65% of current engineering professionals said they would consider transferring to a different sector if the opportunity arose (Matchtech Voice of the Workforce 2017).

With many long-term projects either in the early stages or set to last a number of years (HS2 is likely to be in progress for another 15+ years) there is and will continue to be plenty of jobs in buildings for years to come. So whether it’s a change in career you’re seeking, or a new challenge in a new sector, there’s no better time to look for a job in the buildings sector.

For more information of vacancies we currently have in the building sector, please visit our jobs pages.

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