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Rig drivers operate construction equipment to drive columns of wood, steel or concrete into the ground to support buildings, bridges, piers and other structures.


Average salaries are in the region of £14,000.00 to £45,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Rig drivers operate construction equipment to drive columns of wood, steel or concrete into the ground to support buildings, bridges, piers and other structures.

What they do

They work on all kinds of piling operations. In driven piling, a heavy steel tube is driven to the right depth before reinforcement is placed in the tube and filled with concrete. Then the tube is removed. Alternatively a fully reinforced, pre-cast concrete pile might be driven into the ground.  

Rotary bore piling is created using a temporary casing and auger to drill to the right depth. The reinforcement cage is installed and concrete is poured into the hole. The casing is then withdrawn so it can be used again. Minipiles are made up of small diameter piles or located where there is limited space.  

Typical duties include:

  • Repairing and maintaining equipment
  • Giving information to colleagues about projects
  • Identifying the position of underground services (such as pipes or wires) before starting work

Hours & Salary:

  • Newly trained Rig Drivers can earn in the region of £14,500 - £21,000
  • Trained with experience Rig Drivers can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Senior / Advanced Rig Drivers can earn in the region of £30,000 - £45,000
  • Self-employed Rig Drivers set their own pay rates

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


 

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Qualifications & Training

Rig drivers are often trained first in a skill such as driven piling or bored piling then, with experience, given further training in a variety of piling types. Training is often carried out on the job under the supervision of experienced colleagues. 

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Career trends and forecasts

2460 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 2460 Plant Operatives (which includes Rig Drivers) every year for the period 2017 - 2021.  The highest demand will be in Yorkshire & Humber and Northern Ireland, followed by Greater London, Wales and Scotland.

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