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Bricklayers are involved in the construction and restoration of both interior and exterior structures, including walls, archways and home extensions. Bricklayer jobs often involve cutting bricks, using hammers, laying the bricks in courses, spreading mortar with trowels and checking that bricks are laid straight. Bricklayers would often work on a particular section of a building alongside other bricklaying gangs which will require good teamworking skills, good practical skill and the ability to follow instructions.
What's the workload for a Bricklayer?
The bricklayer's daily workload consists of the following:
- Cleaning work area and ensure that any debris or hazardous brick material is cleared away.
- Measure the work area and calculate how many bricks will be required.
- Shape and trim bricks to make sure that they fit in properly in places such as corners.
- Use a variety of power and hand tools such as hammers and trowels.
- Weld metal parts and apply plaster on walls as instructed in the work order.
- Study plans for the building before starting on a bricklaying project.
- Layout patterns and foundations according to the instructions on work orders.
Bricklayer working conditions
The average week for bricklayers consists of 39 working hours, Monday to Friday. This can include working overtime at weekends or in the evenings. Bricklayers usually work on building sites, in all weathers, with jobs often being physically demanding. With experience, many bricklayers progress up the career ladder and become Site Managers. As at November 2019, the average salary for bricklayers in Scotland equates to £28,000 a year.
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