Bricklayers are responsible for setting out buildings by laying bricks, and pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mortar in accordance with approved house building plans. They build and repair walls, chimney stacks, tunnel linings and decorative work such as archways. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects and repair foundations. Bricklayers work outdoors and may have to work at heights or in tunnels and shafts. They usually work in teams. You can work on a range of projects, from creating a single conservatory to building brand new homes.
measuring the work area and setting out the first rows of bricks (courses) and the damp course, working from plans and specifications.
mixing mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer
laying the bricks on top of each other and applying the mortar with a trowel
construct arches and ornamental brickwork
shaping and trimming bricks using hammers, chisels and power tools
checking that courses are straight using spirit levels and plumb lines
seal foundations with damp-resistant materials, occassionally repair and maintain clay bricks, cement blocks/bricks and related structure
You'll work on a particular section of a building in a team alongside other bricklayers s
Qualified with experience bricklayers can earn in the region of £30,000-£40,000 and up to £48,000.
Earnings typically depend on location, employer, the stage of your training, your hours worked and the opportunity to work overtime. Please also note that the pay rate figures have come from a variety of reliable sources including:
- National Home Builders
- Home Builder's Sub-Contractors
- The Home Builders Federation
- Construction Recruitment Agencies
Qualifications We Offer
- Apprenticeship in Trowel Occupations which currently includes a Diploma and NVQ at Level 2 or 3 (Or Scottish Equivalent)
Some of our trades have the opportunity to become "self-employed" where rates of pay will vary depending on your hours and productivity. In addition, all of our trade roles have the opportunity to progress and train as a construction site manager for a house building company. The jobs outlined on this website occur throughout the home building industry, but please note that actual job titles may vary slightly from one organisation to another.
Earn While You Learn
All our featured job roles offer an entry-point for school leavers to commence a career in the industry, particularly in site trades, where you will normally enrol for an apprenticeship. Site Management [Engineering] and Quantity Surveying also offer opportunities for college-leavers and graduates as well as school leavers.
For most jobs, depending on your qualifications and experience there are also openings for those looking to change career. This is particularly so in Sales, where your previous work experience in a customer-facing role will be just as relevant as any academic qualification.
Key job roles
A few (of many) jobs which we are looking to recruit in the home building industry.