Road Worker

Job Profile Image

A road worker helps to build new roads and pavements, repair or improve existing ones, and bury cables underneath the road surfaces. They are also called Highway Maintenance Operatives and Vehicle Restraint Operatives.

The Work

You could be:


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

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage. 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).

Starting pay for qualified road workers is around £9.00 an hour, rising up to around £12.50 an hour or more with experience. You can earn extra through overtime and shift allowances.


Workforce Employment Status

LMI data powered by LMI for All

Getting In

Look for jobs with local authorities as well as with private civil engineering companies and building contractors.

What Does it Take?

You need:


Getting On

More Information

For more information please see the list of organisations below: 


Courtesy of SeMedia


Was this article useful?
Please help us improve Planit by rating this article.

Career Area


Career Sectors


Building Technology and Management

Civil and Structural Engineering

Construction Crafts

Landscape Architecture

Related job profiles

Landscape Architect

Related courses by level

Degree, DipHE and CertHE


Town and Regional Planning

Related courses by level

Degree, DipHE and CertHE