A roofer works with waterproof coverings, insulation materials, slates and tiles to build and repair sloping roofs.
You could be:
removing the old slates or tiles from a roof and making sure the roof timbers are sound
measuring the area of the roof and calculating how many slates or tiles you need
fitting roofing felt, waterproof coverings and insulation
attaching wooden battens horizontally to the felt
sorting slates according to size
nailing slates or tiles to the battens, in an overlapping pattern, starting with larger slates at the lowest part and working towards the ridge
trimming slates or tiles to get an exact fit
using cement to fix tiles to ridges and to seal joints.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
There is a minimum wage for apprentices in Scotland. As of June 2021, the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) rates for a 4-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:
Year 1 – £209.40
Year 2 – £278.68
Year 3 – £349.54
Year 4 – £349.54 (without SVQ Level 2)
Year 4 – £369.72 (with SVQ Level 2).
Please note these rates may vary if the Apprentice is 21 years old or over and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship. National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will apply.
With experience and skills this can rise to between £10 and £20 an hour. You can earn extra through overtime and shift allowances.
You work outdoors in all weathers.
You climb on ladders and scaffolding and work at heights.
The working day begins early and varies according to hours of daylight with occasional lay-offs in winter.
You would work around 40 hours a week, often doing overtime in the evenings and at weekends.
You might have to travel a lot and spend some time away from home.
You might wear a harness to attach you to the roof. You wear a hard hat and other protective gear.
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.