Construction and built environment

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 enjoy practical work and have a knack for technical processes, this industry could be your perfect match. 

The industry now

  • In Scotland, 238,400 people work in the construction industry as of 2020, meaning the workforce has increased by over 68,000 since 2018 
  • The median advertised salary for jobs in this industry is £32,200 
  • Construction contributes £9,652m to the Scottish economy 
  • There are around 20,830 businesses operating in construction nationwide 


*Information provided by Oxford Economics, Burning Glass Technologies, and Scottish Enterprise

The future

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the jobs market is constantly changing. All future figures are estimated:

  • The industry is expected to need around 25,200 jobs to be replaced or created between 2020 and 2023 
  • This is predicted to grow to 47,000 jobs between 2023 and 2030. 
  • Teamwork, budgeting and customer service are some of the skills that are in demand within this industry