ALL ABOUT Construction, Architecture & Maintenance

16-18: Quick Facts Box

Interested in the Construction, Architecture & Maintenance sector? Want to know the basic facts? Check out our Quick Facts Box. We’ll tell you all the basic information that you need to know; and more importantly, we’ll tell you everything really quickly! No messing around. No hassle.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to face the facts.


Starting salary?

  • £12,000 - £27,000 per annum.

Potential earnings?

  • £32,000 - £85,000+ per annum.

What qualifications do I need?

  • No minimum.
  • RIBA-approved degree required for Architecture.
  • Engineering degree preferred for Civil Engineering.
  • Surveyors need an accredited degree in building surveying (a conversion course can also be taken by people who do their undergraduate degrees in different subjects).

What kind of skills do I need?

  • Numeracy and mathematical skills.
  • Logic.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Practical skills.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Communication and teamwork.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Problem-solving.


  • Across the UK.
  • Urban areas offer the most opportunities.
  • London has the biggest construction projects.

Opportunities for travel?

  • Yes, especially in the Middle East (e.g. Dubai and Oman) and China.

Average working hours?

  • 9am - 5pm, plus possible extra evening/weekend working hours.
  • Some facilities management and maintenance roles may require you to work night shifts occasionally.


  • Reward and satisfaction in producing tangible solutions.
  • Opportunity for creativity and problem-solving.
  • Opportunity to run your own business.


  • Working in all weathers.
  • Some roles can be dangerous.
  • Some roles can be relatively low paid at entry-level.