Highways maintenance operatives help ensure that roads, pavements and motorway networks are well maintained.
- Newly trained highways maintenance operatives can earn in the region of £16,000 - £20,000
- Trained with experience highways maintenance operatives can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
- Senior highways maintenance operatives can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
Your construction salary will typically range depending on location and overtime. Self-employed highways maintenance operatives set their own pay rates.
Qualifications and Training
There are no set qualifications that highways maintenance operatives need to have, although it is beneficial to have GCSE grades at A*- C in maths and English as this can help with the calculations, measurements and theory needed.
Apprenticeships in highways maintenance are the most common entry route to this occupation and provide a formal two-year training programme to agreed national standards.
If you have a minimum of five years’ experience and do not need any further training or construction qualifications, you may wish to take the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA).
This combines the key criteria of the NVQ into one practical assessment, together with work-based evidence and employer endorsement, which must be completed within a specified time. Alternatively you may wish to consider On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT).