General construction operatives do a range of jobs on a building site.
- Newly trained general construction operatives can earn in the region of £9,000 - £15,000
- Trained with experience general construction operatives can earn in the region of £15,000 - £20,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed general construction operatives set their own pay rates.
Qualifications and Training
Although there are no set entry requirements to become a general construction operative/labourer, some employers ask for GCSEs or equivalents such as Standard Grades in Maths and English. It’s also an advantage to have some experience on a building site.
You can to do an apprenticeship with a building company, with on-the-job training for part of the time and going to college for the rest. You could also consider trainee construction jobs.
Apprentices usually work towards the NVQ in Construction and Civil Engineering Services (Construction Operations) at Levels 1 and 2. The NVQ includes options in concreting, drainage construction, laying kerbs and channels, and excavating holes and trenches.