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Road worker Road construction operative, highways operative

Road workers build and repair roads and motorways.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements. Experience as a construction labourer and GCSEs or a college course in construction could help you get work.

You must have a driving licence and be over 18.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • practical skills to operate power tools and machinery
  • the ability to read technical drawings and plans

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000

You can earn extra with overtime and shift work.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work around 37 hours a week, starting early morning. You may have to work overtime during evenings, nights and weekends.

You'll work in all weathers. The work can be noisy, dirty and physically demanding. You'll wear ear protectors, a hard hat and safety boots.

You may have to travel to different sites, and stay overnight.

6. Career path and progression

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

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Last updated: 11 April 2017