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Bricklayers and masons

£14,560 Average salary at age 20
£32,240 Average Salary
46 Average hours per week


Bricklayers and masons erect and repair structures of stone, brick and similar materials and cut, shape and polish granite, marble, slate and other stone for building, ornamental and other purposes.

Main Tasks

  • Examines drawings, photographs and specifications to determine job requirements;
  • Marks and cuts stone using hammers, mallet and hand or pneumatic chisels;
  • Spreads mortar on foundations and bricks, and places, levels and aligns bricks in mortar bed;
  • Uses hand and power tools to shape, trim, carve, cut letters in and polish stone;
  • Levels, aligns and embeds stone in mortar and faces brick, concrete or steel frame with stone to make and repair structures.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, though GCSEs/S grades are advantageous. Entry is typically through an apprenticeship or traineeship approved by ConstructionSkills leading to an NVQ/SVQ in General Construction at Level 3.

UK Prospects

68000 Workforce Size
2.00% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
13316 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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