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Maintenance operative

Maintenance operatives keep buildings in good running order by carrying out general repairs and maintenance.

The Role

  • Repairing roofing and guttering
  • Painting walls
  • Hanging doors and fitting skirting boards
  • Repairing or re-building walls
  • Fitting kitchens and bathrooms, and tile walls and floors
  • Undertaking small plumbing repairs and minor electrical tasks
  • Performing checks on security and fire appliances
  • Masonry work such as external walls or steps, laying slabs, erecting fences, laying vinyl flooring, and glazing and replacing glass
  • Physically demanding so a maintenance operative must be fit


  • Newly Trained maintenance operatives can earn in the region of £20,000 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience maintenance operatives can earn in the region of £25,000 - £30,000
  • Self-employed maintenance operatives set their own pay rates

Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. 

Qualifications and Training

You do not need any specific qualifications but it helps to have the Welsh Baccalaureate, GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) in maths and English

A good way into this career is through an apprenticeship, where you work towards NVQ Level 2 in Maintenance Operations. To search for apprenticeship vacancies in your area, visit the Government's vacancy matching site, or Careers Wales.

Progression Opportunities

Explore the progression opportunities below

Next Steps


Check out the latest Maintenance Operative vacancies: 

As these are external websites, the number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary. 

Check daily to see new opportunities as they are posted!

Find out more

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

Take our Ultimate Quiz to find out which role is right for you.

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