Did you know that we are one of the largest private construction companies in the UK? As a family-owned business we know that our people are at the core of our on-going success.

We recognise that different people want different things from a workplace and this site will help you understand more about how we work, our culture and what's important to us. So, if you like what you see and want to join our team, we'd love to hear from you.

Winning formula

We know what we're good at.

Having been in business since 1897 we know what we are good at. Our clear strategy ensures we deliver the promises we make to our customers and has helped us achieve a turnover exceeding £1bn - 80% from existing customers. Our winning formula has been externally recognised many times, receiving many prestigious awards over our history.

A stable presence in a changing market, Wates works on a variety of projects across the public and private sectors, from building new homes and providing planned and responsive maintenance to housing associations and local authorities; through to office interiors; construction projects in the commercial, retail, heritage and education sectors; and partnering on joint-venture developments.

Wates is the first privately-owned company ever to be awarded Business in the Community’s Community Mark in recognition of its leadership and excellence in community investment, Wates is distinguished by its commitment to leaving a lasting legacy in the places where it works. It is committed to delivering outstanding projects that are underwritten by adaptability, creativity and sustainability – values which are, in a word, Wates. 

Worthwhile work

Everyone can make a difference.

We pride ourselves on always providing a service beyond buildings and are thrilled to have been presented with a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development as well as Business in The Community's Company of the Year.

The dynamic nature of our work gives us a real opportunity to make a difference to local communities and to protect the environment. Our award-winning approach to corporate responsibility is simple: we deliver for our customers, we look after our people, we protect the environment and we support people and communities in need.

We focus on three core programmes setting ourselves ambitious targets to minimise waste, reduce carbon and boost skills. Each of our sites and offices has initiatives running where everyone is encouraged to get involved and make a difference.


Respect in all that we do.

People businesses, like ours, are rooted in respect. As a family-owned business respect for people, communities and the environment is embedded in our values. Our people are expected to treat each other as they would wish to be treated themselves. We care passionately about safety and wellbeing and our ambition is that every employee feels that Wates is the best company they have ever worked for.

Our annual employee survey shows that our people are very proud to work for Wates which is a fact we never take for granted. Respect for equality and diversity is high on our agenda. We know there is always progress to be made but we are working hard to address this throughout our business. We are proud to have been awarded C2E accreditation.


A place to grow.

By investing in your development we will create the environment for you to grow and to fulfil your career ambitions. Our ethos is to promote from within. We provide support from on-the-job training, technical and interpersonal skills training through to leadership development courses and professional development paths.

We have a two-stage appraisal process to ensure development opportunities are identified. Every year we provide an average of 5 days' training per employee. We are currently supporting 10% of our people through professional development programmes and our structured leadership strategy ensures we develop potential and existing leaders at all levels.


Be valued, be rewarded.

We value each employee as an individual and offer flexible and competitive packages to support that. Our aim is to be an employer of choice by offering a comprehensive total reward package. You will share in our success though our Group bonus scheme and can tailor your benefits through our wide ranging “ME and my benefits” programme. Recognising and celebrating success is ingrained in our culture from our Wates Champions and Business Excellence awards which recognise outstanding performance and employees going the extra mile, to our Refer a Friend, recruitment incentive scheme.


Striking the right balance.

We know how important it is to be able to balance home and work responsibilities. We recognise the benefits this brings both for Wates and our people. So we are always looking at ways to improve, whether though informal or more permanent flexible working arrangements.

Our family friendly approach includes industry-leading maternity and adoption leave entitlements and our flexible benefits package “ME and my benefits” is designed so you can tailor your benefits to your individual lifestyle needs.