£22,360 Average salary at age 20
£33,800 Average Salary
47 Average hours per week


Job holders in this unit group supervise and undertake the operation of machines to transport, excavate, grade, level, and compact sand, earth, gravel and similar materials, drive piles into the ground and lay surfaces of asphalt, concrete and chippings, and operate other mobile machines not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 822: Mobile Machine Drivers and Operatives.

Main Tasks

  • Fixes any necessary extensions onto machine and loads machine with asphalt, concrete, bitumen, tar, stone chippings or any other required materials;
  • Manipulates levers, pedals and switches to manoeuvre vehicle, regulate angle and height of blades, buckets and hammers and starts conveyor, suction or water spraying system;
  • Watches operation and removes any likely obstacle or obstructions;
  • Directs refilling of machine hopper and repeats operations as necessary;
  • Cleans, oils and greases machine and carries out minor repairs.


No academic qualifications are required. On-the-job training is provided. The appropriate current driving licence will be required for driving on public highways.

UK Prospects

52600 Workforce Size
0.18% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
6793 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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