The main unitary authorities in Bournemouth and Poole have recently embarked on a number of regeneration plans, and that has led to a number of construction vacancies for the likes of joiners, electricians, plant drivers and project managers. The government recently earmarked Dorset as an area of England that is currently suffering from an affordable housing crisis, so it is likely that jobs will be created in the future due to government plans in this area. The ancient town of Dorchester is littered with Listed buildings, so major construction projects in the heart of Dorset's county town are unlikely.
Major building companies such as Wimpey and Charles Church have a presence in Dorset, but there are also a number of smaller, independent construction companies that use local recruitment agencies in Dorset to ensure they have the best staff available. Although times have been hard for the entire industry in the county, local agencies are reporting a recent increase in the number of employment opportunities available.
Full-time workers in the construction industry with a related skill should be able to command a salary of between £25,000 and £40,000. However, the volatile nature of the industry in Dorset means that many positions are offered on a fixed-term, casual or self-employed basis.