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Stonemasons carve blocks of stone, and lay and fit stonework into place on construction projects.

Potential salary
£15,000 to £35,000
Working hours
43 to 45 a week
  • knowledge of maths
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • persistence and determination
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

You’ll be working with materials like sandstone, limestone, slate, marble and granite. Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • building stone walls or fitting cladding using mortar and specialist fixings
  • repairing damaged stonework on old buildings and monuments
  • carving or repairing statues or memorial headstones
  • making and fitting stonework like window frames, archways and ornamental garden pieces

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

You could work on a construction site or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be at height, outdoors some of the time, dusty, noisy and physically demanding.

With experience, you could progress to supervisory jobs like site supervisor or clerk of works.

You could also move into a related area, like estimating and construction management.

With further training, you could work as a stonemason or bricklaying instructor at a college or training centre.

You could also set up your own stonemasonry business.

You'll find more on careers in stonemasonry from Go Construct and the Stone Federation.

You can also get more details about stonemasonary craft skills from the Crafts Council.

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