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Road worker

Road workers build and repair roads and motorways.

Potential salary
£16,000 to £40,000
Working hours
45 to 47 a week
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • building, widening and resurfacing roads
  • repairing cracks and potholes
  • laying pavements
  • maintaining roadside verges and central reservations
  • painting road markings
  • putting up crash barriers, road signs, traffic lights and street lamps
  • digging trenches for cables and pipes
  • gritting roads and clearing snow in winter

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work on the road.

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

With experience, you could become a road works team supervisor, known as a 'ganger'.

You can find out more about training as a road worker from Go Construct.

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