Roofer, Roof Tiler or Slater

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


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

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 10% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for roofer, roof tiler or slater is £25,173

600 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 600. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for roofer, roof tiler or slater roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £25,173 per year. That is about £2,098 per month or £12.91 per hour. New workers generally start on £13,686, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £33,654

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 600 people are employed in the region.

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