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Roofer Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Roofer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Roofer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Roofer Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Roofers construct and repair roofs on all kinds of buildings. The jobs can range from stripping and re-slating a roof on a domestic household, working on a renovation project on an historic building, to working as part of a team on a new commercial development such as a shopping centre.

There are various techniques used in roofing and roofers will often specialise in one or more areas. These include:

  • roof slating and tiling - using traditional slate, pre-fabricated concrete tiles and synthetic slates to cover pitched roofs and walls.
  • built-up felt roofing and mastic asphalt - using felt or mastic asphalt to provide a waterproof shield often found on flat roofs
  • roof sheeting and cladding - fixing lightweight metallic or synthetic sheets to a buildings superstructure, such as a new factory unit
  • leadsheeting - creating a waterproof covering by using lead (sometimes copper) rolls, often seen on schools and churches
  • thatching - specialist skill using natural materials to provide roof coverings - see Thatcher profile.

Main aspects to a job include stripping off (where appropriate) the existing roof; checking the underlying structure is sound eg, roof timbers; calculating surface areas to be covered and quantities of materials required; in the case of slating - re-sizing, cutting and re-holing of slates; with felt roofing - working with hazardous materials such as molten bitumen; re-covering the roof area and finishing off with mortar or synthetic sealants to ensure roof is watertight.

Roofers use a range of hand and power tools depending on the job.

Although a lot of materials such as slates can be re-used, some ordering and taking delivery of new materials will often be required.

Depending on the job roofers may work in conjunction with other construction tradespeople, for example joiners and plumbers.

Hours and Environment

The usual working week is 39 hours, but this varies when deadlines must be met.

Roofers work mainly outdoors and at heights, using ladders and scaffolding. The work is physically demanding and roofers may have to work in cold, dirty or windy conditions. Similarly, during summer, roofs can get very hot as heat is reflected from the surface. Protective clothing such as hard hats and knee pads are usually required.

Roofers travel from site to site to complete jobs and although not essential, a driving licence would be useful. Depending on the contract, they may have to work away from home for periods of time.

Skills and Interests

To be a roofer you should:

  • be able to understand technical drawings and plans
  • have good numerical skills to work out areas and calculate quantities and prices of materials
  • enjoy working outdoors and have a head for heights
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • be aware of health and safety issues
  • be physically fit.


There are no set entry requirements, as most people are employed as trainees. Some employers may look for some GCSEs/S grades, or equivalent including English, maths, and design and technology. A background in more general construction as a labourer or trades person, such as a joiner, may be helpful in gaining an initial position with a company, although this is not essential.

For those outside the industry there may be the option to undertake a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Intermediate/Advanced Construction Award at a further education college. Check with CITB-ConstructionSkills and local colleges for details.

Some knowledge of basic joinery and leadwork may be helpful although not essential.

To gain entry to an apprenticeship or training scheme, you may have to pass a selection test.


Training is normally provided on the job with day or block release at local colleges or training providers.

There is a range of NVQ/SVQs available, validated by CITB-ConstructionSkills and City & Guilds:

Roof Occupations at Level 1
Roof Slating and Tiling at levels 2 and 3
Mastic Asphalting levels 2 and 3
Roof Sheeting and Cladding levels 2 and 3
Applied Waterproof Membranes at Level 2 which includes Built-up Roofing, Single-ply
Roofing and Liquid Waterproofing Systems.
A three-year Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS) is available. You are registered by an employer and earn a wage at the same time as following a structured training programme. Contact the CITB for details.
CITB-ConstructionSkills also provides training at four of its own centres in Bircham Newton, Norfolk, Erith, Kent, Birmingham and Glasgow. Contact the CITB for details.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


Roofers work for specialist roofing firms, building contractors, roofing materials suppliers, local authorities and other public organisations. Many are self-employed and work as sub-contractors with materials supplied by the building contractor. There may be opportunities to work abroad on contracts.

It may be possible to progress to technician level and then into construction management.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) agrees minimum wage rates annually.

Trainees can earn up to £13,000 a year.
With qualifications, roofers can earn between £14,500 and £18,000.
Experienced roofers may earn up to £25,000 a year.

Overtime and shift allowances will supplement income, while self-employed roofers negotiate their own rates.

Further information

Bircham Newton
King''s Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577

Other Useful Roofer Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Roofer job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Roofer Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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