Roofers ensure that a house is water tight and work at all heights and in all weather conditions. There are various roles within roofing, including sheeting and cladding and slater/tilers. Roofing operatives work on the protective layers of a home, which separate the inside from the elements using a range of materials, methods and structures.
Typical tasks include:
Understanding drawings and specifications to know what materials to use
Fixing underlay, insulation and roof coverings in place
Making sure any new covering is weatherproof
Understanding building regulations
Hoisting and placing coverings
Sealing the joints
Fitting features such as roof lights
- Trained with experience roofers can earn in the region of £25,000 and up to £40,000.
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 Roof Slating and Tiling which currently includes a Diploma and NVQ at Level 2 (Or Scottish Equivalent)
With experience, you can go on to specialise in a variety of areas and materials such as roof sheeting and cladding.
This involves making buildings waterproof by covering the roof (sheeting) and walls (cladding). The lightweight covering they use can be made from metal, plastic or fibre cement. The job involves:
- using drawings and specifications to decide the type and amount of materials needed
- knowing building regulations
- hoisting and placing coverings
- sealing the joints
- installing insulation
- fitting features such as roof lights
Many people get involved with heritage work after lots of experience and knowledge of the fundamental skills of modern roof slating and tiling. Others start their careers working with historic buildings and learn conservation aspects of roofing from the beginning.
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
Below are a few (of many) house building jobs which we are looking to recruit in the home building industry. Click on each one to find out more.
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