CDM – The construction career with a difference

by Carl Wright

CDM – The construction career with a difference

If you’re a Design, Engineering or Health & Safety professional, a career in CDM could offer the difference you’ve been searching for…

The CDM 2015 regulations heralded the demise of the CDM Coordinator. As CDM-C’s sort to redefine their roles, controversy and discussion centred around who could perform the role of a Principal Designer.

Four years on, the dust is settling, however, demand for established CDM professionals continues to outstrip the supply of talent.

The HSE intended to focus duties on the role of the Principal Designer, however, CDM Advisors / Consultants have emerged as a valued source of expertise in the quest for compliance.

This has effectively created several career paths for those interested in enjoying the benefits of rapidly increasing salaries coupled with fast-track career paths. At Technical Moves we have witnessed salaries increase by an average of £10,000 over the past 12 months as consultancies seek to attract knowledgeable professionals.

An Architectural or Engineering design qualification coupled with IOSH or MaPS accreditation is the ideal combination for the most well-compensated Principal Designer roles. However, Health & Safety Consultants with knowledge and experience of Construction Phase Plans, Pre-construction Information, F10’s and Health & Safety Files are in equally high demand.

a career in CDM

Graduates can expect to see their salaries increase dramatically over the first three years of employment from an average of circa £23,000 to in excess of £45,000 for intermediate Consultants. Senior CDM Consultants with over 5 years’ experience attract salaries ranging from £55,000 - £70,000 in London.

A career in CDM also provides fantastic variety in terms of project work, design meetings, client meetings, and site audits. Once established, you are usually the master of your own diary and no two days are the same!  

So if you’re ready to consider something different, why not look at a career in CDM, contact our team to discuss.


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