£17,160 Average salary at age 20
£30,680 Average Salary
44 Average hours per week


Those working in construction and building trades n.e.c. undertake a variety of tasks in the construction, alteration, maintenance and repair of buildings, steeples, industrial chimneys and other tall structures, and of underwater structures not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 531: Construction and Building Trades.

Main Tasks

  • Selects, measures and cuts steel bars, rods and wire to required lengths, positions and fixes reinforcements into position and tensions as required using hydraulic jacks;
  • Lays bricks, tiles and building blocks to construct, repair and decorate buildings;
  • Pours and levels concrete, prepares surfaces for painting and plastering, and mixes and applies plaster and paint;
  • Installs plumbing fixtures, woodwork structures and fittings, and sets glass in frames;
  • Maintains and repairs steeples, industrial chimneys and other high structures, and installs and replaces lightning conductors;
  • Erects and repairs fencing;
  • Checks and puts on diving suit and equipment and descends underwater to carry out construction, maintenance and repair tasks on sites such as oil rigs, harbours, bridges etc.


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.

What Construction and building trades n.e.c. studied in higher education

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What Construction and building trades n.e.c. studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography3
(G1) Mathematics3
(W2) Design studies8
(L3) Sociology1
(C1) Biology1
(H3) Mechanical engineering3
(C8) Psychology1
(W1) Fine art2
(H4) Aerospace engineering1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music2
(F6) Geology1
(D4) Agriculture1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(I4) Artificial intelligence1
(L2) Politics2
(K2) Building7
(K1) Architecture1
(H1) General engineering1
(H2) Civil engineering4
(F0) Broadly-based programmes within physical sciences1
(W4) Drama2
(M2) Law by topic1
(C0) Broadly-based programmes within biological sciences1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences2
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering1
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics2
(N1) Business studies4
(J6) Maritime technology1
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(D6) Food & beverage studies1
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(X1) Training teachers1
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)2
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science9
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies5
(V1) History by period4
(N3) Finance1
(Q8) Classical studies1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering2
(L6) Anthropology3
(I1) Computer science4

UK Prospects

219700 Workforce Size
1.06% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
22257 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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