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Road Worker

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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:

Pay

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 £4.30 an hour (1 April 2021).

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.

Conditions

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Getting In

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

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

  Scotland
2021
1783
0.7 %
RISE
2026
1796

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What Does it Take?

You need:

Training

Getting On

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