Roofing operatives work on the protective layers of a building which separate the inside from the elements using a range of materials, methods and structures.
- Newly trained roofing operatives can earn in the region of £12,000+
- Trained with experience roofing operatives can earn in the region of £15,000 - £25,000
- Senior/master crafts roofing operatives can earn in the region of £25,000 - £32,000
Salaries depend on location, employer, level of responsibility, and the amount of overtime worked. Self-employed roofing operatives set their own pay rates.
Qualifications and Training
There are no formal requirements to hold qualifications for this career but it helps to have GCSEs, Welsh Baccalaureate, WJEC GCSE, BTECs or Standard Grades/Scottish Nationals.
With on-the-job and off-the-job training, you would work towards a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) or National Vocational Qualification (NVQ in Cladding Occupations (Construction): Roof, Sheeting and Cladding at Levels 2 and 3 (SCQF levels 4 and 5).
The Roofing Industry Alliance has a RIA Roof Training Prospectus with further guidance on qualification routes and training requirements.
Employers such as construction companies and construction agencies often look for people with some on-site experience. If you haven’t worked in construction before, you can start off as a roofing labourer. Your employer might then train you in roofing techniques.
Many roofing operatives start out as apprentices with a roofing or building firm. To search for apprenticeship vacancies in your area, visit the Government's vacancy matching site, or in Wales, Careers Wales.
Alternatively, you can do a college course to learn roofing skills, though employers will still want to see you’ve had experience on a site.