Industry Sector


Work in construction and transform the face of Scotland. From the Wallace Monument to Glasgow Science Centre, the country owes every one of its most iconic landmarks to bricklayers, joiners, architects and civil engineers – just a few of the many rewarding careers this varied sector has to offer.

Whether you’re working on site or behind a drawing board, choosing construction means contributing to Scotland’s heritage. If you’re a practical thinker with a knack for technical processes, this industry could be your perfect match.

The industry now

Over 170,000 people work in the industry in Scotland as of 2018.

10% of all Scottish employment is in construction

There are a further 60,000 self employed workers and this consisted of 45,500 businesses


The future

30% of the industry’s workforce is aged 50+ and will soon retire

Sector employment levels are forecast to remain the same from 2015-2019

Output is forecast to grow on average by 1.1% from 2015-2019