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General Construction Operative

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A general construction operative, also called a labourer or ground worker, helps skilled craft workers in various jobs on building sites. See also Plant Operator job profile.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Pay rates vary, depending on:

The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2018 the National Minimum Wage is £4.20 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £5.90 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.38 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £7.83 for workers aged 25 and over. Recent vacancies have ranged from NMW to £11.50 an hour.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are jobs with building contractors and with local authorities. Some large contractors now sub-contract the work to smaller firms.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
5647
0.3 %
RISE
2023
5663
  United Kingdom
2018
78847
1.6 %
RISE
2023
80145

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Video

Courtesy of Go Construct

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
E-mail: scotland.apprenticeships@citb.co.uk
Website: http://www.citb.co.uk
Website (2): http://www.citb.co.uk/bconstructive
Twitter: @CITB_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citb.uk/

CITB is the Sector Skills Council which covers a wide range of sectors in the development and maintenance of the built environment. Its careers website (bconstructive.co.uk) provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC)
Tel: 0131 556 8866
E-mail: registrar@sbatc.co.uk
Website: http://www.sbatc.co.uk

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