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

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There is a minimum wage for apprentices in Scotland. As of September 2017 the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) rates for a 4-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:

Year 1 – £165.75
Year 2 – £224.25
Year 3 – £292.50
Year 4 – £364.65.

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 £30,000. You can earn extra through overtime and bonuses. A self-employed qualified bricklayer can expect to earn £11.00 to £18.00 an hour.


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Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
Website (2):
Twitter: @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 ( provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC)
Tel: 0131 556 8866

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