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Barratt Developments Overview

London, England
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (BDEV)
Building & Construction
£5 to £10 billion (GBP) per year
It all began in 1958 when Sir Lawrie Barratt built Britain’s very first Barratt home near Newcastle. The business continued to grow throughout the 1960s and we were listed on the stock exchange in 1968.

And now we include some of the ... Read more

Mission: We’re here to build the highest quality homes to suit everyone’s needs in places where they aspire to live. Moreover, our buildings are playing a crucial role in meeting a nation-wide demand for housing. And we’re committed to building responsibly ... Read more

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Best Places to Work: 2020 (#46)

Company Updates

  • Visit our careers website to discover all our career opportunities. As we work across every stage of the building life-cycle in every region across Britain there's a lot to discover.

  • “It’s important for us as a business to be able to support our colleagues who are having physical or mental challenges,” insists David Thomas, CEO. Health, wellbeing and learning play a vital part in how we care for, and shape the professional and personal development of our employees. From personalised training to mindfulness apps, take a look at our new life page for a greater insight into life at Barratt.

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Barratt Developments – Why Work With Us?

Britain’s leading housebuilders

From Aberdeen to Penzance, East Anglia to Aberystwyth, we’re building homes, commercial and mixed-use properties around the country. Whether it’s for renting or shared ownership, our high-quality homes are meeting the nation-wide demand for housing for all generations. And as leaders in brownfield development and urban regeneration, we’re truly committed to building the homes that Britain needs and making the country a better place to live.

We have been nationally recognised as a five star housebuilder for nine years in a row. That’s more than any other major housebuilder. It’s because we combine the brightest minds, the latest technology and a genuine commitment to putting customers first. With our apprentices, graduates, experienced professionals and ex-Armed Forces personnel, we have the best people in the industry helping us to shape the future of building.


We’re a family of four brands

Our three consumer brands, Barratt Homes, David Wilson and Barratt London, are the core of our business. They offer a variety of properties across the UK, from stylish apartments in the heart of London to detached houses in the beautiful countryside. Our commercial business, Wilson Bowden, creates retail and leisure spaces from industrial and office buildings. Across all four brands, we offer the opportunity to work on everything from starter homes to luxury apartments.

Our numbers

  • We have been recognised as five star house builders for nine years in a row.
  • We’re over 60 years old.
  • We’ve built more than 450,000 homes.
  • We provide over 53,400 jobs through direct and indirect employment.
  • We have 27 divisions throughout the UK.


Our history


It all began in 1958 when Sir Lawrie Barratt built Britain’s very first Barratt home near Newcastle.


The business continued to blossom and was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1968.


Through acquisitions and the creation of new companies, Barratt rapidly expanded, selling 3,000 new houses a year including affordable one-bedroom homes. Barratt became Britain’s number one housebuilder.


Barratt Homes well and truly became a household name in Britain, building a collection of 50 houses designed to suit all market sectors, from smaller studios to luxury Georgian-style homes.


Barratt continued to build a range of homes, from river-view apartments on the Isle of Dogs to classically-styled homes in Weybridge. We were also shortlisted for the Royal Fine Art Commission’s Building of the Year Awards.


We turned our attention to sustainable building and living. In the first project of its kind, we built an entire eco-friendly show village and prototype ‘Barratt Green House’ to test green energies such as wind, solar and geothermal power. 


We include some of the sector’s most successful brands: Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes, Barratt London and Wilson Bowden Developments.


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Our vision is to lead the future of housebuilding by putting customers at the heart of everything we do. It’s our people that will make it happen. We have four priorities to help us get there:

Putting customers first.

Whether it’s home buyers or colleagues across the business, you’ll always be put in the best possible position to do everything you can to make sure customers get what they need from us.

Great places.

We want to build homes that people are proud to live. That’s why we always give you the support, resources and opportunities to do work that you’re proud of.

Leading construction.

To deliver high-quality homes every time, we will always invest in the latest technology and enable our people to use innovative methods to continue to improve how we work.

Investing in our people.

We will only achieve our ambitious vision if we keep the best people working here. That means we will always prioritise your development and invest in training and opportunities so you can keep learning throughout your career.

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It takes a community to build a community

A diverse team is a strong team. The combination of a range of perspectives, opinions and backgrounds leads to better decision making, better services for our customers and a better business. That’s why we’re committed to diversity and inclusion. We have a culture where people enjoy coming to work, where everyone is encouraged to be themselves and where everyone is developed to their full potential.

We’re invested in progressive initiatives

We know that actions are what really counts. And we know there’s always room for improvement. So we’re taking proactive steps towards a more inclusive culture. Our initiatives include leadership training on unconscious bias, supporting future female leaders, encouraging flexible working, introducing family friendly policies and sponsoring PRIDE events, to name a few.

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Be a future leader

There has never been a better time to get into the house building industry. We’re training the next generation to lead the industry into the future and build homes to meet a nation-wide shortage. Whether you’re a school leaver, undergraduate or graduate, we’ll train you up with hands-on learning and ongoing managerial support. We’re invested in your training because we believe you are the future of our business. Our organisation is built on people who started out on one of our early careers training programmes. In fact, our Operations Director, Commercial Director and Chief Operating Officer all built their careers out of these programmes.

Wherever you are in your career, we have an opportunity for you in one of the most exciting industries in Britain. 


An apprenticeship is a great first step into our growing industry. Our apprenticeships are award-winning, combining hands-on work with professional training, senior mentoring and industry qualifications. They’re also a great alternative to further full-time study, giving you the skills you need to build a career while you earn money.


Sponsored Degrees

We collaborate with Sheffield Hallam University to offer you fully-funded degree programmes. Over five years, you’ll have the chance to work on real projects, rotate through different departments and receive senior mentorship while you study to become a Site Manager or Quantity Surveyor.



We offer paid placements to undergraduate students looking to put their knowledge into practice on real projects in the workplace. We offer Built Environment, Finance, Sales & Marketing or HR placements to penultimate year undergraduates. Over 12 months, you’ll rotate through every department to gain a range of skills and thoroughly understand how a FTSE-100 company works. We also offer shorter, summer placements. If you do well, we’ll invite you onto either our fast track graduate programme or a permanent role.



As a new graduate, you can choose between our range of one-year and two-year training programmes. You’ll gain business exposure to real projects, enjoy structured training, build lasting connections and benefit from personal mentoring.


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Your skills are in high demand

If you’re ex-Armed Forces, not only do we welcome you, we actively look for and want the skills and experience you bring. For many, housebuilding is the next natural step after an Army career. Your drive and leadership skills are ideally suited to construction and we provide extensive training to cover the rest. Housebuilding is also the next sensible step. As the nation-wide demand for houses increases, we’re building homes to meet that demand so you’ll develop industry skills that are highly sought after. And, as the leading housebuilder in Britain, Barratt is the clear choice for your next career move.

Stay ahead with the latest training and technology

We prioritise your training and development, giving you access to the latest techniques and technology to stay at the forefront of our industry. We offer two programmes that are most suitable to people with an Armed Forces background. However, if neither is the exact fit, then take a look around our website for more options.

 Armed Forces Transition Programme

Work on-site and become an Assistant Site Manager within (approximately) 12 months.

 Sponsored Degree Programmes

Achieve a BSc (Hons) Degree in Construction or Quantity Surveying alongside a hands-on role learning day-to-day, relevant skills. This programme isn’t specific for ex-Armed Forces personnel, but is well-suited to your background and you are encouraged to apply.


See what they have to say

After 22 years in the Army it was incredibly daunting looking for a new direction to take. Barratt Developments have made my transition absolutely seamless. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and I feel more at home than I could have ever imagined. They have provided exemplary training and I can’t thank them enough.”

Scott Dyer, Trainee Assistant Site Manager, qualified in PRINCE2 & APMP

“I chose Construction as my new career path as I wanted to build a career for the future, and what better place to transfer over skills from the military than Barratt Homes? With the Armed Forces Programme you have the ability to learn while you are doing your job that I can honestly say I love”

Michael Brindley-Robinson, Trainee Assistant Site Manager

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    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Barratt Developments.


    I met with the team, then was called back into interview with the Sales Director. Very quick process as I am FTC and they were interested in personality and skill fit.

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