Devon Construction recruitment agencies
Construction is a key sector of the Devon economy and accounts for 5.3% of the jobs, compared with the national average of 4.8%. Output in the industry fell sharply during 2012, but there are signs that a recovery is underway.
The CITB has predicted the construction industry in south-west England will grow by an annual average of 1.3% until 2017, thanks to plans for a number of major new projects, including building the new town of Sherford close to Plymouth. This will lead to the creation of new employment opportunities in some disciplines, with recruitment agencies likely to handle increasing numbers of vacancies for construction managers, surveyors, plant operatives and floorers.
Many of the UK's top 30 construction companies have chosen Devon for their south-west base, so there are jobs available for designers, engineers and tradesmen with the likes of Interserve, Kier, Galliford Try, Vinci, BAM Construction and Morgan Sindall. There is also a selection of well-established local design and build companies, together with smaller contractors that specialise in domestic and maintenance work, all of which require permanent and temporary staff.
Salaries for Devon construction jobs tend to be slightly lower than the national average. Experienced civil engineers usually earn between £35,000 and £40,000, quantity surveyors can expect packages of £30,000 to £40,000, and bricklayers are paid £10 to £13 an hour.
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