Go Construct
King’s Lynn, Norfolk, GB
2d ago

Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone and concrete blocks in mortar. They construct, extend and repair domestic and commercial buildings, and other structures such as foundations, walls, chimneys or decorative masonry work.

Bricklaying offers a real sense of achievement. At the end of a project, you’ll see the results and be able to say, I built that’.


Typical hours per week

42 - 44

Number employed in the UK


How to become a bricklayer

There are several routes to becoming a bricklayer. You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a college course, an apprenticeship or on the job training.

You should explore these routes to find which one is right for you. Although some options will list qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and able to follow instructions.

You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.


Your local college or training provider may offer courses such as a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills, Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying or Level 2 Diploma in Trowel Occupations.

You’ll need :

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent (level 1 course)
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent (level 2 course).
  • Some colleges offer part-time, short courses in bricklaying which could be a good way to find out if this job is for you, especially if you have no experience or are thinking of changing career.


    An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.

    Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.

    Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

    An intermediate bricklaying apprenticeship offers two years of on-the-job training and time with a training provider. For this, you’ll need GCSEs (including English and maths), or equivalent qualifications.


    If you can get a job as a construction site labourer, your employer may provide training so you can become qualified.

    Work experience

    To help decide whether this job is for you, further your skills and impress employers, you could gain some .


    Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a bricklayer include :

  • Knowledge of building and construction
  • Be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Be flexible and open to change
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Ambition and a desire to succeed
  • Ability to work well with your hands
  • Able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • What does a bricklayer do?

    As a bricklayer, you will be responsible for one of the most important elements of construction within the housing industry.

    Duties include laying bricks, measuring out areas, and repairing or maintaining existing structures.

    The job role of a bricklayer includes the following duties :

  • Laying bricks
  • Applying or removing mortar with a trowel
  • Working accurately from detailed plans and specifications
  • Sealing foundations with damp-resistant materials
  • Using spirit levels and plumb lines to check building alignment
  • Using hand tools, power tools and brick-cutting machines
  • Constructing arches and ornamental brickwork
  • Repairing and maintaining building blocks
  • Measuring out build areas and setting out the first rows of bricks and damp course
  • Working outdoors on construction sites, in all weathers and at height.
  • How much could you earn as a bricklayer?

    The expected salary for a bricklayer varies as you become more experienced.

  • A newly trained bricklayers construction salary can be in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience bricklayers can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Senior or master bricklayers can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
  • Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

  • Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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