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Jonathan wasn’t surprised to hear that across the construction sector as a whole 20%, or one in 5 employees, is engaged in project management activities.

“Construction is all about project management, so that makes perfect sense to me.”

He also wasn’t surprised at the extent of the contribution of the project profession to the UK economy in terms of output and jobs, given that all sectors use project management as a way of getting things done more efficiently.

Jonathan is optimistic about the future and expects that the number of projects and the size of project budgets is set to increase.

“The number of projects is likely to increase. You’ve only got to watch the news to see that we need more schools, more hospitals, more housing, more infrastructure. New forms of energy need to be created, advances in technology … and all this requires project management … it just goes on and on.”

Jonathan also predicts an increased focus on quality as well as time and cost, which, he believes will lead to an increase in project budgets going forward.

“At last we are seeing a shift towards quality; I’m starting to see tenders come in with cost excluded from the evaluation criteria.”

Jonathan Stewart
UK Managing Director, Gleeds

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