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Roofing labourer Slater’s mate, roofer’s mate, slater’s assistant

Roofing labourers help qualified roofers to repair and replace slate, tile and flat roofs. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £23,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 42 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but previous construction experience may be useful.

A driving licence would also be helpful.

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card for some jobs, although your employer can help you to get a trainee one when you start.

You may could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

CITB and Go Construct have more information about working in construction.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to follow instructions
  • practical skills to use hand and power tools

3. What you'll do

You’ll be:

  • unloading building supplies
  • carrying construction materials up ladders
  • stripping old roofs
  • cutting timber, slates and tiles
  • helping with roof repairs
  • mixing mortar
  • spreading bitumen on flat roofs
  • clearing the scaffold of old roofing materials

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £23,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work between 37 and 42 hours a week. You’ll work longer hours during the summer.
The job is physically demanding and you’ll be working at height.

6. Career path and progression

With further training you could become a qualified roofer.

Other options include working for a building trade supplier, or as a lorry driver delivering construction materials to sites.

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Last updated: 09 October 2018