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As the UK building industry continues to expand, there is no shortage in demand for skilled workers within the construction industry. Office-based jobs are not for everyone, and construction offers opportunities to carry out physical work away from a desk, outside in the open. Alongside on-site roles, there is also a range of positions available in supporting services such as project planning and technical sales.
When you think of working within the construction industry, roles such as bricklayer, plasterer and painter and decorator often come to mind - but have you ever considered any of the following jobs? Read on to discover five constructions jobs you may not have heard of, plus their typical duties and average salaries.
With the first-ever Newt Officer role created in 2018, you’re not likely to have come across this role when considering your career options. The role of a Newt Officer is to conserve newts, an important species of wildlife whose numbers are in decline. Officers liaise with local planning authorities, developers and builders to ensure the legal obligations to protect this amphibian are met and can expect a salary of around £25k. They play a crucial role in ensuring projects run on time. You would be surprised how often our Civils team hear of work on new roads and pipelines delayed due to newts needing rehoming!
Ecologists are concerned with ecosystems as a whole; the abundance and distribution of organisms (people, plants, animals), and the relationships between them and their environment. Construction Ecologists consider the likely impact of any proposed construction works and make recommendations on environmental issues. Depending on your specialism (e.g. freshwater, marine, terrestrial, fauna, flora), you will conduct surveys relating to that area and with progression, can be more involved in policy and management work. From an Assistant Ecologist to a Senior/Principal Ecologist, the pay scale progresses from £18k to £45k.
Lift Technician or Escalator Engineer
Whilst lifts and escalators are in most public buildings, you may not have considered installing or repairing them as your next career move. Nevertheless, if you have good knowledge of building and construction and fine attention to detail, you could earn up to £40,000 as an experienced lift technician or escalator engineer.
Becoming a demolition operative requires no official qualification but previous work on construction sites and knowledge of health and safety are beneficial. As a demolition operative, you will work with hazardous materials and heavy machinery to prepare sites for demolition. From stripping out fittings such as dismantling roofs and removing windows and doors to preparing a structure for explosive demolition, demolition can be an extremely satisfying job. Whilst the bottom end of the pay scale starts at £17k, Demolition Operatives can hit the £45k mark if they have specialist demolition or asbestos removal type qualifications, or move into a more supervisory role.
Although not strictly unheard of, many people are not aware of how much crane operators can earn, with senior crane operators commanding approximately £25 per hour with the option to clear over £50k per year. Being a crane operator involves driving heavy machinery and requires good spatial awareness, and to excel in this role, you will be strongly committed to safety.