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Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.


Average salaries are in the region of £16,000.00 to £30,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.

What they do

Bricklayers work outdoors and may have to work at heights or in tunnels and shafts. They usually work in teams. It's also one of the most varied construction careers around, and allows you to work on a range of projects, from creating a single conservatory to building brand new homes or large commercial developments.

Typical tasks include:

  • work from plans and specifications
  • seal foundations with damp-resistant materials
  • spread layers of mortar to serve as a base and binder for bricks, remove excess mortar, and check vertical and horizontal alignment
  • use various tools and brick-cutting machines to cut and shape bricks
  • construct arches and ornamental brickwork
  • repair and maintain clay bricks, cement blocks/bricks and related structures

Salary:

  • A newly trained bricklayers construction salary can be in the region of £12,300 - £17,000
  • Trained with experience bricklayers can earn in the region of £17,000 - £30,000
  • Senior or master bricklayers can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed bricklayers set their own pay rates. 


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Qualifications & Training

There are no set qualifications to become a bricklayer but it helps to have GCSEs (A*-C) in maths and English or equivalent such as Standard grades or National 4 or 5  or the Welsh Baccalaureate. Construction companies will be more interested in employing people who have building site experience.

This can be gained by working as a labourer and an employer may then train you in bricklaying.  You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to work on a site. You must pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme.

An apprenticeship with a bricklaying firm is a good way into a career as a bricklayer. The skills employers need from you include:

  • A responsible attitude towards work safety, especially at height
  • Practical skills
  • The ability to follow specific plans and instructions precisely
  • The ability to work in a well organised and accurate way
  • Good team working skills
  • A good level of fitness 

If you cannot find a relevant construction apprenticeship, it’s worth considering learning bricklaying at college. Employers will still want to see you’ve had some experience of working on a building site.  

Learn more about apprenticeships

Find out about apprenticeships in Wales 

Find out more about bricklaying in Scotland and which vacancies are available 

Want to find out more?

Try our Matching Service for work experience opportunities in your local area, with new opportunities being added on a regular basis. 

Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites you may find useful: 

Reed

UK Jobs Network

Indeed

The number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary daily, as these are external websites. Check regularly to see new opportunities as they are posted.

Career trends and forecasts

72,760 total people needed

The UK construction industry will need a total of 72,760 bricklaying roles to meet demand between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of the demand for these construction jobs in the UK will be in the South West, North West and Wales.

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