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Plant Operator

Plant operator driving a digger

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

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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). The apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £6.40 an hour (1 April 2024).

Qualified operators earn around £12.00 to around £15.00 an hour. With experience this can rise to around £30.00 an hour. You may often get extra pay through working overtime. You may also get a lodging allowance if you have to work away from home.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
5557
0.2 %
RISE
2029
5567
  United Kingdom
2024
45730
3 %
RISE
2029
47087

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

Video

Courtesy of Go Construct

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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