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Roofers, roof tilers and slaters

£13,000 Average salary at age 20
£28,600 Average Salary
43 Average hours per week


Job holders in this unit group cover roofs and exterior walls with felting, sheeting, slates, tiles and thatch to provide a waterproof surface.

Main Tasks

  • Measures roof or exterior wall and calculates required amounts of underfelt, tiles, slates or thatching material;
  • Cuts wooden battens, felt and underfelt to required size;
  • Lays and secures underfelt and covers with hot bitumen or other adhesive compound;
  • Lays, aligns and secures successive overlapping layers of roofing material;
  • Seals edges of roof with mortar and ensures that joints are watertight.


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

50300 Workforce Size
2.00% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
8548 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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