Real Estate and Construction Jobs: Labour Market Trends in The UK 2017

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On this occasion, JobisJob will be analysing the ins and outs of employment in the real estate sector. As with our previous analyses of the health and IT sectors, we will be exploring the data on job titles, job types, salaries, top locations and hot leads, as well as job seekers’ search interests. This time, however, the period under analysis with our Big Data tool Job Market Insights will cover the first quarter of 2017 and compare it with the period immediately prior to that and the same period from 2016. Job Market Insights is a state-of-the-art tool that allows detailed analysis of the jobs market to be carried out thanks to a large number of job offers it compiles from the leading job boards and recruitment agencies.

Top searches in the sector

The top searches for job seekers are related to traditional jobs in the sector, such as steel processing, scaffolding and the installation of blinds, dry lining and electricity, as well as crane operation. Generally speaking, the low or medium-skilled jobs illustrate that, as might be expected, the profile of job seekers in the sector is in keeping with the typical relationship between the level of education and employability. In other words, the higher the level of education, the greater the possibilities of finding a job. For this reason, the top searches are related to these types of jobs.

Sector growth in terms of total job offers

The real estate and construction category has increased by 0.6% compared with the previous period, although it is down 2.4% on the same period last year. However, the total job offers nationally is down 2.4% on the previous period and 7% on last year. This could mean that the increase on the previous period is indicative of a change in trend in the sector. We will have to wait and see how the market develops in the upcoming months.



Average sector salary vs. average national salary.


The salaries in the real estate and construction category have grown by 0.66% in line with national salaries which are up by 0.56%. Nevertheless, compared with the same period last year they have fallen by 1.34% in the sector and 1.19% nationally.

Distribution of salary ranges by sector and distribution of salaries by country.


The salary ranges both in the sector and nationally have a similar distribution pattern. What is more, neither show any significant differences compared to the previous period and the same period last year, with the changes hovering at around one percentage point.

Average sector salary by region.


The average salary for working abroad is higher than that of any of the regions. Generally speaking, the salary analysis for the offers within the UK shows that England has the highest average salary, followed by Northern Ireland and Scotland. Wales, which has the lowest average salary, is on an upward trend compared to the previous period and recent years, in contrast to the other regions, where the salaries are at a similar level or even lower than those of the previous period and last year.

Average sector salary by city.

Below we will be analysing the salaries in the top cities based on the number of jobs published.



The average salary in the top cities does not follow the distribution trend in the regions’, given that the highest salaries are concentrated mainly in the English cities, followed by the Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, which are at similar levels to the English average.

In England, most noteworthy are Bristol and Reading, which are up on the previous 2 periods, while in Scotland, Edinburgh is also up on the previous 2 periods.

Distribution of total job offers

Distribution of sector job postings by region.


England accounts for by far the greatest number of job offers (86.7%), followed by Scotland (5.4%), while the figures for Wales (2.4%) and Northern Ireland (1.9%) remain below the number of job offers for work abroad (3.6%). In Northern Ireland, the number of job offers continues to fall compared to the 2 periods under analysis, while the other regions have shown an increase on the previous period.

Distribution of sector job offers by city


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London has a lower number of job offers compared to both periods, while Birmingham and Manchester have seen a slight increase. The other cities show very little variation.

Job types

Job types by sector


The number of permanent contracts offered continues to fall compared with the previous period and last year. This trend is also true for part-time and apprenticeship contracts, while temporary contracts are down on the previous period but up on the figures from last year. Contract positions have started to fall again, following the rise in the previous period.

Top employers posting most job offers in the sector.

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Industrial Technology Systems Limited maintains 1st place (having achieved this in the previous period) showing an increase of more than double the number of offers on last year. ITS Group has increased its number of job offers but remains in 2nd over the three periods. Meanwhile, Venture Limited, who was the leading employer last year, have dropped to 3rd place with a slight downward trend.

Top recruitment agencies

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Overall, there is a general downward trend in the number of job offers. As part of this downward trend, Randstad has moved into first position ahead of Hays, which had been in 1st for the 2 previous periods but has now dropped down into 2nd. Interaction Recruitment, which was the 3rd-placed agency for the previous 2 periods, has fallen to 8th, with 3rd spot now being taken by Vision Personal Limited, which in contrast to the general trend has seen a slight increase.

Anders Elite Ltd and Search Consultancy have also benefitted as part of the general downturn, with both rising to positions just outside the top 3, while Tradeline Recruitment has dropped to last place.

Job titles

Top sector job titles

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The UK league table for top job titles is the same as that for England, given that England accounts for the largest number of job offers. The top 3 positions in both are held by Labourer, Quantity Surveyor and Site Manager. Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, the top job title is Cleaning Operative, which has also risen to 3rd in Wales. In Scotland, Electrician is the 2nd top job title. The top job title abroad is Project Manager.

 Top job titles by salary range

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Project Manager leads the top two salary ranges, while Quantity Surveyor occupies 1st position in the £40,000 to £60,000 range and, for those considered as senior, the £60,000 to £80,000 range. Finally. Electrician is top of the £20,000 to £40,000 range, while Labourer leads the under £20,000 bracket.

Top job titles most difficult to cover


Hot Leads*: Hard-to-fill positions that are being paid for by companies and are in urgent need of qualified candidates

It is interesting to see that in the real estate and construction category, the top hot leads are practically identical to the top job titles, with the difference that Quantity Surveyor is in 1st position and Site Manager in 4th. What is more, the level of education required is not always related to the difficulty of covering the job post, given that Labourer, for example, is in 2nd position, far above Site Engineer.


The data used in the analysis of job seekers’ search interests has been extracted from JobisJob, which compiles hundreds of thousands of job offers, while the data used for job titles, salaries, number of job offers and hot leads comes from Job Market Insights, our state-of-the-art Big Data tool, which is used by the sector’s leading recruitment agencies to analyse the jobs market.


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Alfonso for JobisJob

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6 thoughts on “Real Estate and Construction Jobs: Labour Market Trends in The UK 2017

  1. Max Mendez


    For me it’s clear that if I want a better quality of life, I must go abroad… Definitely the salaries are higher!! Any recommendation? Thank you for your advice…

  2. Hari

    My recommendation would be the following……… before focusing on the salary, you should first know the living standards in the country where you plan to move. Maybe then you would realize that nothing changes or you are taking a bad decision…….. Believe me, I have experience in this! :(

  3. Marco

    Morning!! :)
    What does a site manager do? I’d like to know more about this job title because I didn’t hear anything about it before… It sounds very generic to me… Which tasks are related to this job? Which sector does it belong to? What kind of training or education is required?

    Thanks for your help!! :)

  4. Ingrid

    Hi Marco,

    A site manager is basically a construction manager, I mean, they are in charge of running construction projects. You need a degree in project management or civil engineering and problem solving skills. Thanks,

  5. Ian

    Hi Marco,

    I would recommend also to attend a course approved by the Chartered Institute of Building. If your degree is not related to this field you can also get a diploma from them! I have also heard that sometimes is enough with experience.

  6. Alfred

    I read a lot of posts but the topic covered in this is the most comprehensive & helpful. Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us. This is really wonderful post. I like it very much.

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