What Work Cambridgeshire and Rutland 2016 - Page 16

What Work Cambridgeshire & Rutland 2016 CONSTRUCTION The construction industry has had its ups and downs over recent years but the number of jobs within some roles is expected to grow. There are some jobs such as electrician where the number of jobs isn’t necessarily expected to rise but skilled people will still be needed to replace those who leave. Environmental targets mean there are some exciting new areas to work in such as intelligent buildings. What is happening? Skills & qualities • The sector is expected to grow over the next six years, with 224,000 new jobs for the UK expected over the next five years1. Around 21,300 of those could be in the East of England. • Roles most needing new workers in the region include bricklayers, plumbers, electricians, painters and decorators and logistics. Across the UK, skills needed include building envelope specialists, civil engineers, architects, wood trade and interior fit-out, painters and decorators and bricklayers. All areas will need managers, IT and office-based staff2. In demand... • The sector is expected to grow over the next six years, with 17,000 people needed by 2020 to replace those who leave or retire3. • There are some large infrastructure projects taking place at the moment in the area such as the Ely southern bypass. • Growth in demand is predicted to grow for those working within a civil engineering role such as road building (civil engineering operatives). • Over 38% of people working in construction are self-employed and the figure is rising4. • 13% of the workforce is female and it’s growing5. • Opportunities for skilled craft work on old buildings in the built heritage sector. On the web www.bconstructive.co.uk www.the-nhtg.org.uk www.architecture.com www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship 14 What could you earn?* Bricklayer £24,800 Architect £36,000 Wood joiner £25,200 Painter and decorator £21,900 Electrician £30,200 Civil engineer £38,500 Local employers • Wates Construction • Grontmij • Kier Group • Lindum Group • Larkfleet Group • Skanska 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Construction Skills * Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2014. Average full-time (median) salary rounded to the nearest £100. Doesn’t include self employed.