Plant Operator

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Plant operators drive and control machines and equipment on building sites and road works. They are known as construction plant operatives.

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay may be based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.81 an hour (1 April 2022).

Qualified operators earn around £10.00 to around £14.00 an hour. With experience this can rise to around £21.00 an hour or more. Specialist operators may earn more. You may often get extra pay through working overtime. You may also get a lodging allowance if you have to work away from home.


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More Information

For more information please see the organisation below: 

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council 


Courtesy of Go Construct


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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