Road Construction Operative
- Removes damaged paving slabs and kerb stones, lays bedding of sand, concrete or mortar on prepared foundation, lays new slabs or stones and fills joints with mortar.
- Spreads aggregate over road surfaces using shovel and lays markings on road surface.
- Spreads bitumen, tar or asphalt and compacts surface using roller.
- Heats bitumen in bucket, applies it to newly laid asphalt and beats or draws tamper head on asphalt to close joints.
- Cuts away broken road surface with pick or pneumatic drill.
- Inspects road surfaces for hazards or signs of deterioration, clears mud, weeds and debris from road and spreads grit or salt as required.
Typical Education Level
Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 12% 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 road construction operative is £32,169
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 681. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for road construction operative roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £32,169 per year. That is about £2,681 per month or £16.50 per hour. New workers generally start on £23,042, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £49,457
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, 681 people are employed in the region.