Demolition operatives dismantle old and derelict structures or buildings.
- Newly trained demolition operatives can earn in the region of £10,000 - £20,000
- Trained with experience demolition operatives can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
- Senior demolition operatives can earn in the region of £30,000 - £45,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and the amount of overtime worked. Self-employed demolition operatives set their own pay rates.
Qualifications and Training
There are no set qualifications that you need to have studied at school, though it is helpful to have Standard Grades/National 4 or 5s or GCSEs in maths, English or technology or equivlent such as BTEC, Welsh Baccalaureate, WJEC in Construction.
You will need to be aged 18 or over to work on-site in demolition. It is helpful to get on-site experience first, perhaps as a labourer. Your employer may then be willing to train you in demolition.
A construction apprenticeship with a demolition firm is a common way to enter the field. To search for apprenticeship vacancies in your area, visit the government's vacancy matching site, or in Wales, Careers Wales.