Demolition Operative

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A demolition operative knocks down or dismantles buildings and other structures safely and clears debris from the site.

The Work

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

There is a minimum wage for apprentices in Scotland. As of June 2021 the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) rates for a 2-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:

Year 1 – £209.40
Year 2 – £278.68.

Please note these rates may vary if the Apprentice is 21 years old or over and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship. National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will apply.

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2021 the National Minimum Wage is £6.56 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £8.36 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £8.91 for workers aged 23 and over. With experience this can rise to over £12.00 an hour. If you have to live away from home you may get a lodging allowance.


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Getting In

There are opportunities with large building contractors, specialist demolition firms and local authorities.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland



Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland

2.6 %

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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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