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Lead Sheeting/Lead Working is carried out by Roofers who specialise in lead sheeting work on a variety of buildings from domestic housing to listed structures, churches and cathedrals.

Average salaries are in the region of £16,000.00 to £24,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Lead Sheeting/Lead Working is carried out by Roofers who specialise in lead sheeting work on a variety of buildings from domestic housing to listed structures, churches and cathedrals.

What they do

This tole mainly involves working on flat or pitched roofs, carrying out repairs or restoration projects as well as new lead work. Sheet leadwork might include working on:

  • lead slates
  • lined gutters
  • church steeples
  • domes
  • turrets and spires
  • cornices

Typical tasks include:

  • Removing and carrying out repairs to broken lead sheeting
  • Fitting new lead roofs
  • Measuring and cutting materials to the correct size and shape
  • Welding, bossing and cladding
  • Cutting and fitting lead flashings around chimney stacks and adjoining walls
  • Sealing roof joints to make jobs watertight
  • Covering roofs using lead rolls
  • Working with other craftspeople, such as joiners and plumbers
  • Working at heights, using ladders, scaffolding and safety equipment like a hard hat and knee-pads
  • Adhering to health and safety guidelines

How much could I earn?

  • Newly trained lead workers can earn in the region of £13,000 and £15,000 per year
  • Trained with experience lead workers can earn in the region of £16,000 and £24,000 

Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. 

Hours & Salary

Most full time positions will be around 40 hours a week. 


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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

Working as a roofer is one way into this profession and will give you on-site experience that many employers ask for. 

However, lead sheeting work is very specialised and you will need to complete training to master this roofing technique.

Some employers may agree to provide training through an apprenticeship scheme.

Another option is to take a college course such as the one provided by the Lead Sheet Association (LSA).

This includes training in welding and bossing as well as a City and Guilds 6055 Leadworks Certificate.

What other qualifications could I get?

You can also complete a Leadwork Specialist Apprenticeship Programme (SAP) QCF Level 2 which is an NVQ/SNVQ Diploma carried out by a roofing assessor and gives you a City and Guilds 6055 Leadworks Certificate and QCF Level 2 in Metal Roofing.

The LSA also provide courses in Heritage Leadwork Level 3 and hard metal courses which specialise in copper, zinc and stainless steel.

In addition to having specific training and expertise, many building contractors will want you to have a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) accreditation card before you can work on their sites.

This is proof of your skills and ability to carry your job out safely.

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Career trends and forecasts

43,830 total people needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need a total of 43,830 Roofers (which includes Lead Sheeting/Lead Working) between 2017 - 2021.  The highest demand will be in the North West followed by South West, Yorkshire & Humber, East England, North East, Wales and South East.

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