However, most construction companies are finding it difficult to find good construction managers. “The larger issue is still of a skills shortage. Considering the multiplicity of projects and huge investments coming in, players across the levels feel there is a huge dearth of professionals with specialised skills,” says Rajan.
Who’s hiring: DLF, Unitech, L&T, Emaar-MGF, GVK, GMR, Gammon India, Jaiprakash Associates, IVRCL Infrastructures, Nagarjuna Construction, Hindustan Construction, among others
Who’re they hiring: B.Tech/BE in civil engineering, Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and Bachelor in Construction Science grads
At what levels: All levels. Junior, middle (five or more years of work experience), and senior (eight or more years of experience)
At what salaries: Rs 6-9 lakh per annum at the entry level; Rs 20-30 lakh per annum at the mid-level; and Rs 50-70 lakh per annum at senior levels
What are the numbers like: Currently, the top 20 infrastructure companies employ around 2,500 managers. Taking into account the mismatch between supply and demand, this job market will grow at more than 30 per cent per annum
Employers increasingly prefer to hire construction managers with a bachelor’s degree in construction science, civil engineering, or architects, although it is also possible for experienced construction workers such as field engineers, cost appraisers or schedulers to move up to become construction managers.