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.
- 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.
Qualifications and 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.
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.