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Employees: 1001 to 5000

Who we are


We are Wates, the UK’s leading, family-owned development, building and property maintenance company. Founded over 125 years ago, we proudly work with public and private sector organisations to create and maintain the places, communities and businesses of tomorrow.

Established in 1897, and having celebrated our 125th anniversary in 2022, the Wates Group is one of the leading privately-owned construction, residential development and property services businesses in the UK. We employ over 4,000 people and work with a wide range of public and private sector customers and partners.


We’re committed to the long-term sustainability of the built environment and aim to eliminate carbon from our operations by 2025. We’re honored to have recently received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category, which is a record third win for the company.

Our Commitment

In addition to being a Gold “Investors in People” business, in acknowledgement of our commitment to increasing the proportion of women within our business, Wates Group has been listed as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022, as it takes action to decrease gender inequality and make Wates a fairer place to work at all levels of our business and broadening the ethnic diversity of our workforce

Our Vision

We employ people who share our vision – from all walks of life. So, whether you’re a school or college leaver, an undergraduate, a graduate or a tradesperson already, we’re sure to have an early careers programme to suit you. Our Early Careers programmes are accessible to those from any academic background, who share our passion for the built environment.

They’re designed to help you find a role with us where you can grow and thrive – whatever your interests and skills.

Our Opportunities

There’s so much more to construction than bricklaying.

You don’t need construction experience to join us. We have over 4,000 employees working in office-based and operational roles. From construction to residential development and property services, there are all kinds of specialisms for you to explore, including:

  • Construction
  • Property Services
  • Fit-out and refurbishment
  • Residential
  • Development
  • Engineering Services
  • Functional support services
  • Facilities Management
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Health, safety and wellbeing

And of course, you’ll be working on exciting, award winning and innovative projects. We’ve got a great history spanning 125 years, that’s a lot of history and we look forward to you joining us to making a contribution and impact on the next. We are extremely proud of our heritage and achievements and we are sure that you’ll be proud to say, “I work for Wates”.

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