Construction Roles Most in Demand in 2022

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With 2022 on the horizon, many are happy to put the last year behind them. Over the last twelve months, those in the job market have had to tackle a lot of uncertainty and adjust to a recruitment market that has been turned upside down! As we head into the new year, Plant Planet Careers take a look at some of the top construction jobs set to be most in demand in 2022.

The skills gap is a very real issue impacting the construction industry and it is an issue that will not be going away anytime soon! Due to many factors, including Brexit and the pandemic, the industry is desperately trying to draw in as many workers as possible. However, this gap is due to only increase throughout 2022 with UK Construction needing 216,800 new workers by 2025 to meet demand.

CITB Policy Director Steve Radley commented on the latest research outlook for Construction skills and recruitment in 2022, with some suggestions into what roles in construction are likely to be highest in demand.

“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills and skills related to energy efficiency.” 

The Construction Products Association’s autumn forecast also suggests the infrastructure sector will be a key driver of construction workforce growth for the year ahead. with projects such as the HS2 driving recruitment within the industry. HS2 will be the nation’s new high-speed rail network, connecting North and South and is set to create many job opportunities across the industry in an attempt to tackle the skills gap. The HS2 project currently offers many graduate programmes with opportunities in Civil Engineering, Corporate Affairs, Project Management, Finance, HR and IT. Providing those with the opportunity to work with experts and cutting-edge technology. The project is also making use of the government funded Kickstart Scheme – aimed at creating job placements for 16- to 24-year-olds.

Alongside this, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has flagged the shortage of HGV drivers as ‘the most critical issue across the board’. Many construction projects have been delayed or put on hold due to many facing material shortages and having to look to alternative methods, Making HGV Drivers another role in demand for 2022.

As we head into the second year of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the construction industry has been having to catch up with many projects falling behind. The workforce is relying on recruiting driven leaders and construction project managers to help bring their projects up to speed with BLS statistics reporting that the employment of construction managers is predicted to grow up to 16% by 2022.

Here are some more vacancies set to be high in demand in 2022:

Engineering

  • Acoustic engineers
  • Structural engineers 
  • Civil engineers
  • Design engineers
  • Mechanical & electrical engineers

Leadership Roles

  • Production managers and directors
  • Construction and building trades supervisors
  • Construction project managers

Drivers

  • Plant and machine operatives
  • HGV Drivers

Tradesman / Labour Roles

  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Ceiling fixers
  • Dry liners
  • General labourers
  • Groundworkers

Administration

  • Planners
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Chartered surveyors

With the skills gap leaving a large array of vacancies open, career opportunities in the industry are booming. With opportunities spanning from senior and executive managers to painters and decorators, IT and technical roles to bricklayers and quantity surveyors, meaning that there really is something for everyone, so this year why not start your career in construction!

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