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Experienced Professionals:
Development & Application

Entry requirements

  • Eligible to work in the UK with a valid work permit if applicable (please note we do not sponsor visas)

  • Some roles require mobility as you may be required to work away from home from time to time.

  • Strong numeracy and literacy skills

Selection process & application

Professional development

We work hard to ensure all our people benefit from structured career support – and get the training they need to reach their potential. This includes full-time development programmes as well as shorter on-the-job learning modules with our belief that learning shouldn’t be restricted to the classroom. Here are some examples of the type of professional development programmes we run: Young Guns, Masters, Transforming Project Leadership, Construction Management, Supervisor development, Health & Safety Leadership. We support our people to be the best they can be in their careers and place great importance on professional development. You will likely be a member of your relevant professional membership body and be committed to completing continual professional development (CPD). So in addition to these more formal routes, whilst working on the most iconic projects, we are committed to creating a working environment that allows you to develop your skills that little bit further every day – simply by doing your job.


If you are interested in working for Laing O’Rourke, please see our current vacancies. As well as our ongoing opportunities, Laing O’Rourke has a number of initiatives which we are specifically recruiting for. For more information view each project below.

  • Step 1

    Apply online

    Search database for role and upload copy of CV and covering letter.

  • Step 2


    Line manager will review your CV and cover letter, unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email.

  • Step 3


    You will be contacted and invited to interview at one of our sites

  • Step 4

    Second interview

    You may be asked to attend a second interview at one of our sites

  • Step 5

    Offer of employment

    Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email. Successful applicants will receive written offer

  • Step 6

    References and medical

    All offers are subject to referencing and a medical questionnaire.

  • Step 7

    Your first day at work

    Welcome to Laing O'Rourke

Hints & tips

A successful application begins with an exciting CV and ends with an engaging interview. Here we provide some quick tips for job applicants to help you make the most of your strengths and ensure you stand out from the competition.

Your CV

The CV is your first opportunity to make an impression on a potential employer. So it is important that it provides the best possible showcase for your achievements.

CV writing tips

Your CV should be easy to read: use clear fonts, bullet points and concise language.

  • If you are still studying start with your education and any relevant qualifications or training, detail what the subjects are and any predicted/achieved grades
  • If you have worked summarise your employment history with the most recent position you have held, using action verbs for the greatest impact
  • Highlight your individual achievements - not just those where you have excelled as part of a team
  • Always provide contact details, both mobile and email address
  • Spell-check your CV and ask someone to proof read it for you.
Your interview

What can you expect in the interview? How can you best prepare to make a good impression? We offer you a number of hints and tips to give you confidence on the big day, and take control of your own destiny.

  • Learn as much as you can about Laing O’Rourke: who we are, our services, and our vision for the years ahead. Make sure you can articulate how your strengths and career goals are aligned with ours, and why you think you’ll succeed in our organisation.
  • Prepare a list of questions for your interviewer(s): so you can assess whether Laing O’Rourke is the right place to launch your career. Ask us about our organisation, our projects, the opportunities we can offer you and what you can expect from us. Remember the recruitment process is two-way so this is your time to decide if we are the right employer for you.
  • Try to relax and remember that we're interested in the real you: Our interviewers are trained to get the best from you. We know interviews can be stressful, but we want you to enjoy it. Listen carefully to each question and take time to think about your best answer. Think about your strengths and weaknesses, achievements and aspirations - and be ready to discuss them.
  • Talk to us: we're friendly and always happy to answer your questions. Come along to one of our events on campus or in our offices, and ask our current school leavers or graduates what it's really like to work at Laing O’Rourke.
  • Get expert advice: your careers service can provide advice and guidance to help you complete your application form and even run you through practice interviews. Parents, family and friends can be a really useful source of information too.
On the day
  • Dress appropriately for the environment.
  • Maintain eye contact, confidence and energy levels throughout.
  • If you can reflect on your development so far, talk about what you have learnt and explain if there is anything you would have done differently, this will be viewed in a positive light.
  • Listen carefully to questions and think about your answers. If you don’t understand a question, ask your interviewer to explain it.
  • Keep your answers concise and relevant.
  • Refer to specific examples where you can demonstrate your knowledge and experience.

Frequently asked questions

When will I be contacted?

After completing your profile and uploading your CV & covering letter, you will be sent an acknowledgement email of your application. Recruitment timescales for roles varies, however you should hear back from us within 4 weeks of applying.

Can I update my CV and profile on your system?

Yes, you can log into your account via our website to edit or upload new information.

I have entered the wrong contact details on your system how do I change them?

You can log into your account via our website to edit or upload new information.

Do you show a preference to internal applicants?

Laing O'Rourke recognises the importance of promoting within and giving opportunity to employees. However, it is in our best interest to recruit the very best available talent and the candidate most suited for a position.

Who do I contact if I have a question about a vacancy?

Please email queries to [email protected]

Who will contact me regarding my interview?

Should you be invited to attend an interview then the hiring manager or a member of the human capital team will contact you directly.

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