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Bricklayer

Bricklayer laying a row of building bricks and checking with spirit level

A bricklayer uses manufactured bricks, breeze blocks, pre-cut stone, concrete and mortar to build and repair inside and outside foundations, walls, tunnels, chimneys and archways. Work can be plain or ornamental.

The Work

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Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

As of June 2023 the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) recommends the following rates for a 4-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:

Year 1 – £237.46 (£6.09 an hour)
Year 2 – £316.02 (£8.10 an hour)
Year 3 – £396.38 (£10.16 an hour)
Year 4 – £396.38 (£10.16 an hour) (without SCQF Level 6)
Year 4 – £419.27 (£10.75 an hour) (with SCQF Level 6).

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.

Once qualified you may start on around £17,000 a year. With experience this can go up to £40,000 a year. You can earn extra through overtime and bonuses. 

Conditions

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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
1801
1.7 %
RISE
2029
1831
  United Kingdom
2024
26733
4.5 %
RISE
2029
27940

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

For more information please see the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) website.

Video

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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