Job Description

A construction planner is directly involved in the choice of technology, resource estimation and the likely duration for each task.

A planner identifies whether any of these tasks are likely to impinge upon each other - developing a good construction plan can therefore be a highly challenging task.


Required NVQ

Graduate Red Technical Management & Supervisory CSCS Card

NVQ Trainee

Gold CSCS Card (Supervisors)

NVQ Level 3

Black CSCS Card (Managers)

NVQ Level 4

White/Yellow PQP CSCS Card


Why is this a Job for Me?

If you are analytical, organised and have first-rate time management and communication skills.

Average Salary

£47,000 - £73,000

Required Skills

  • Organised, methodical approach to work
  • Meticulous planner
  • Computer literacy
  • Analytical mind
  • Basic understanding of engineering information

Working Hours


Construction Planners can expect to work a normal 35-40 hour week, with occasional overtime on evenings and weekends.

Qualification Pathways


Accredited Degree

Undergraduate/Masters Degree

Building Studies/Surveying/Civil Engineering

Unrelated Degree & CIOB Graduate Diploma programme

Career Progression


Project Management


Civil engineer

Plan, design and manage construction projects, from small-scale repair work to national schemes like the London 2012 Olympic village.

Senior planning engineer

Develop the most suitable method and plan for all construction activities on a project.

Demand planning manager

Optimise all aspects of a construction project to avoid/effectively deal with situations of demand; e.g when requiring building materials and other items.

Planning/Scheduling Engineer

Assume overall responsibility for the scheduling of a construction project - involves scheduling materials and time, monitoring job progress and problem solving.

Required PPE

Sturdy shoes with a protective toe box and non-slip soles

Hard hat

High-vis jacket


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