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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 £3.70 an hour (April 2018).

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

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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 and UK

  Scotland
2018
1839
0.5 %
RISE
2023
1848
  United Kingdom
2018
14522
1.3 %
RISE
2023
14709

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What Does it Take?

You need:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
E-mail: scotland.apprenticeships@citb.co.uk
Website: http://www.citb.co.uk
Website (2): http://www.citb.co.uk/bconstructive
Twitter: @CITB_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citb.uk/

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.

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC)
Tel: 0131 556 8866
E-mail: registrar@sbatc.co.uk
Website: http://www.sbatc.co.uk

Street Works Qualifications Register (SWQR)
Tel: 0345 270 2720
E-mail: swqr@sqa.org.uk
Website: http://www.swqr.org.uk

The SWQR holds details of qualified supervisors and operatives who have gained the appropriate qualification in relation to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA).

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