Construction contracts manager

Construction contracts managers manage building contracts, building costs and construction projects.

Annual Salary

£25,000 to £57,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 5% more Construction contracts manager jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You might be responsible for a large contract or several smaller ones. 

You’ll be the main point of contact for clients, site managers and building contractors.

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • putting together plans and estimates, including budgets and timescales
  • preparing and presenting documents for tender
  • contributing to work planning, and briefing project teams, contractors and suppliers
  • gathering information together for invoicing at the end of the project
  • supplying information to resolve any disputes
  • identifying areas for improvement

You’ll work closely with other professionals, like construction managers, quantity surveyors and planning engineers. 

You may also have other responsibilities, like overseeing health and safety. 

You’ll usually need:

  • a foundation degree, HND or degree in civil or structural engineering, construction management or project management
  • experience of working with building contracts

Experience in quantity surveying may also be useful.

You may be able to move into the construction sector if you’ve project management experience from another industry.

You could also start out as a contracts assistant or administrator with a construction company and work your way up.

Go Construct has more information on careers in the construction industry. 

£25,000 to £57,000

Starter salary: £25,000 to £31,000

Experienced salary: £31,000 to £46,000

The job often comes with a car allowance and other additional benefits.


These figures are a guide.


You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.

You’ll have an office base but make regular site and client visits, within a region, nationally or internationally, depending on the construction project. 

A driving licence is often required.

With experience, you could progress to general construction management, consultancy or become a company director.

You could also move into support services, like health and safety inspection, or you could use your contracting knowledge to move into other sectors.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • the ability to manage multiple projects
  • strong maths and IT skills
  • good budgeting skills
  • good problem-solving skills
  • excellent communication, presentation and negotiation skills
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