There's one sure sign of economic success and growth: seeing workmen building roads, houses, factories and other projects. So you can be sure that it's one industry the government will want to see doing well. It might be financial incentives for the housing market or an announcement that major roads are to be built, but it all adds up to the same thing: an industry with good long-term job prospects.
The skills needed to complete a project such as a multi-storey office block are enormous: planning, legal requirements, human resources, health and safety, budgeting, logistics, surveying - and then there's the actual building work! This is an industry requiring a wide range of talents so whether you're happier behind a desk or behind a fork-lift truck, there's something for you. It's an industry where apprenticeships and training programmes can be found in abundance. And while many larger employers demand minimum A-level or 2:2 degrees, it's perfectly possible to enter at the ground-floor level and train yourself up. It's an industry that loves short-term contracts so be prepared for a stop-start career - and you'll likely to find employment first through an agency on such a contract rather than a full-time job.
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This is such a wide-ranging industry that it's all but impossible to put guidelines on salary expectations. The key to a good salary will always be your knowledge and skills base. Even at the start, the better your A-levels or degree, the better salary you can expect. Devote any 'down time' between contracts to learning new skills and it will pay dividends. And be prepared to move around the country to where the work is.
There are a number of trade bodies that can help inform you about entering the industry, including the Construction Industry Research and Information Association. And it's worth bearing in mind that twice as many people are needed to repair or restore buildings or infrastructure than are needed to build new ones.