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Bricklayer

Bricklayers build houses, repair walls and chimneys, and refurbish decorative stonework. They also work on restoration projects.

Potential salary
£15,000 to £35,000
Working hours
42 to 44 a week
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of maths
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • measuring work areas and setting out the first rows of bricks or blocks
  • mixing mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer
  • applying mortar with a trowel and laying bricks on top of each other
  • shaping and trimming bricks using hammers, chisels and power tools
  • checking that rows are straight using a spirit level and plumb line

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work on a construction site.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, at height, physically demanding and you'll travel often.

With experience, you could become a construction site supervisor, or move into related areas like estimating or apprentice training.

You could also specialise in heritage work, stonemasonry, or set up your own business.

You can find out more about becoming a bricklayer from Go Construct and House Building Careers.

Data from National Careers Service.
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