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Works Supervisors

Descriptions & Duties

  • Works Supervisors plan, manage, instruct and direct staff and construction workers to carry out building and civil engineering construction works (including all maintenance works) to ensure conformity with contracts, drawings, specifications, workmanship standards and relevant legislation.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Trade Specific Competencies

Knowledge and skills of construction project supervision at construction sites

As leaders of construction projects at construction sites, Works Supervisors must ensure that the projects at construction sites are properly managed from start to finish. They must coordinate effectively with different professionals and clients and have to make choices to ensure that the projects are well completed.

Professional knowledge and skills in construction works

Works Supervisors must always apply professional knowledge and skills in relation to construction works to solve issues and problems at work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • usually have a Certificate in Building or Building Services

Professional qualification

  • must be registered as Construction Worker and holder of Green Card when working on construction sites


  • usually 3 to 5 years of experience is required

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$30,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$70,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 9-12

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 13-16

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Works Supervisors usually work at the construction sites, where they monitor the project and make decisions about construction activities.


  • Borescope inspection equipment - Borescopes
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment - Ground resistance testers
  • Carbon monoxide analyser - Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Circuit tester - Circuit analysers; Continuity testers; Electrical circuit testers
  • Concrete or cement testing instruments - Concrete strength measurers; Concrete testers
  • Hydrometers
  • Hygrometers
  • Inspection mirror - Inspection mirrors
  • Laser measuring systems - Laser measuring devices
  • Level sensors or transmitters - Transit levels
  • Levels - Automatic levels; Electronic levels; Lock levels; Optical levels
  • Lightmeters - Light meters
  • Microwave leakage meters - Microwave leakage detectors
  • Moisture meters
  • Multimeters - Clamp-on multimeters; Digital multimeters
  • Pressure or vacuum recorders - Pounds per square inch PSI test gauges; Pressure gauges
  • Radon detectors - Radon detection devices
  • Remote reading thermometers - Refrigeration thermometers
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment - Ultrasonic thickness gauges
  • Vibration testers - Vibration meters

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