Bricklayer Mason, brickie
Bricklayers build houses, repair walls and chimneys, and refurbish decorative stonework. They also work on restoration projects.
1. Entry requirements
Many people start this job by doing a bricklaying apprenticeship. You may need some GCSEs including maths and English, or equivalent qualifications, depending on the employer. An apprenticeship can take between 24 and 30 months.
You could take a college course in basic construction skills or bricklaying, then try to find a trainee job with a building company.
Labouring or other building site experience can be helpful.
You'll also need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a building site.
Go Construct has more information on becoming a bricklayer.
2. Skills required
- the ability to read building plans
- maths skills for measuring and mixing materials correctly
- attention to detail
- a good level of fitness
- teamworking skills
- a responsible attitude to safety
3. What you'll do
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'll usually work with other bricklayers and site labourers in a small team.
Starter: £15,000 to £19,000
Experienced: £20,000 to £30,000
Highly Experienced: £35,000
Some contract jobs pay a daily rate.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work up to 45 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Some jobs may involve working away from home.
You'll spend a lot of your time outside, working in all weather conditions.
The work can be physically demanding and you'll often be working at height on scaffolding.
You'll wear protective equipment like a safety helmet and boots.
6. Career path and progression
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.
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Last updated: 02 April 2018
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