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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.

The Role

  • 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


  • A newly trained bricklayers construction salary can be in the region of £17,000£20,000
  • Trained with experience bricklayers can earn in the region of £20,000 - £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. 

Qualifications and Training

There are no set qualifications to become a bricklayer but it helps to have GCSEs 9-4 (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.

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.  

Katie Smith, Bricklayer - The Female Factory
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Next Steps


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Find out more

For information on the Bricklayer role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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