Bricklayers repair and construct buildings, working with equipment from trowels to power tools. They work on various building projects, such as houses, schools, shops, offices, bridges, archways, tunnels and chimneystacks. It's a physically demanding job, so applicants need to have a good level of fitness. Much of their time will be spent outside on construction sites where they could work at heights - on a ladder or on scaffolding - and carry heavy loads. As well as cutting bricks, mixing mortar and laying bricks, they need to be able to work safely and accurately as part of a team and to read architect's plans. Flexibility is required as travelling and overnight stays may be required, also evening and weekend working to finish a project.
Bricklaying Jobs Education Requirements
Although no academic qualifications are needed to become a bricklayer, employers like people to have hands-on experience. One way to gain site experience is by taking a labourer job. Another route is through an apprenticeship scheme with a building company, which may require applicants to have GCSEs in English and technical studies as well as sometimes basic building qualifications. Another option is to take a college course in bricklaying.
Bricklaying Jobs Market
The government's planned programme of housebuilding to tackle Britain's chronic housing shortage means good bricklayers could be in demand. But a shortage is causing concern. According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), firms are struggling to recruit skilled workers to meet demand. Traditionally, bricklaying has been a predominantly male profession, however there are around 233,000 female bricklayers and the current labour shortage means there are opportunities for more.
Bricklaying Jobs Salary Information
Bricklayers with little experience can earn £15,000 a year, while experienced and qualified workers can expect up to £25,000. The job can be a stepping stone to more senior positions, such as an instructor or towards site supervisor jobs where salaries can be more than £30,000.