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Bricklayers and masons

Average National Salaries (2017)

Age 20

£15,600 pile of coins

Age 35

£28,600 pile of coins

Age 50

£31,720 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £27,040

What does this career do?

Bricklayers and masons erect and repair structures of stone, brick and similar materials and cut, shape and polish granite, marble, slate and other stone for building, ornamental and other purposes.

Typical tasks

  • examines drawings, photographs and specifications to determine job requirements
  • marks and cuts stone using hammers, mallet and hand or pneumatic chisels
  • spreads mortar on foundations and bricks, and places, levels and aligns bricks in mortar bed
  • uses hand and power tools to shape, trim, carve, cut letters in and polish stone
  • levels, aligns and embeds stone in mortar and faces brick, concrete or steel frame with stone to make and repair structures.

Current entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements, though GCSEs/S grades are advantageous. Entry is typically through an apprenticeship or traineeship approved by ConstructionSkills leading to an NVQ/SVQ in General Construction at Level 3.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2018)
Female
(2016)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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