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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 Road Worker. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

Road workers, also known as highway operatives, help build new roads and maintain existing ones. They are involved in re-surfacing, repairing potholes and cracks, widening roads or digging access trenches for laying cables and pipes used to supply gas, water or communications. They also maintain roadside verges and central reservations.

Some of this work is done by hand with picks and shovels, but heavy jobs involve a range of specialised machinery such as pneumatic drills, 360-degree excavators and rollers. Road workers also mix and spread materials such as aggregate, tarmac and concrete, build or repair pavements, lay kerbs, lay down road markings, and erect fences, barriers, road signs, traffic lights and street lamps.

In winter, they may also be involved in road gritting and snow clearance.

Safety plays a major role during a job and workers are responsible for setting up warning signs and cones, as well as the management of traffic and pedestrians close to the site.

Hours and Environment

Roadworkers work a basic 37-hour week, often with early starts. However, overtime during evenings, nights and weekends is common, in order to minimise disruption to traffic.

Roadworkers work outside in all weathers and the work is noisy, dirty and physically demanding. Protective clothing such as ear defenders and safety hats and boots are usually necessary.

The work involves travelling both locally and further afield, and can mean short or long periods away from home. A driving licence may be helpful.

Skills and Interests

To be a road worker you should:

  • be physically fit
  • have good practical ability
  • be able to follow written and verbal instructions
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • have an awareness of health and safety issues.


There are no set entry requirements. Some GCSE/S grades in maths, English and design and technology or equivalent vocational qualifications such as a Foundation/Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQs in Construction and the Built Environment may be helpful.

Other entry-level awards include City & Guilds Basic Construction Skills (6051), BTEC First Diploma in Construction and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Intermediate Construction Award (Construction and Civil Engineering Services - Highways Maintenance) at a further education college. Check with CITB-ConstructionSkills and local colleges for details.

If working with plant machinery, you will need to be 18 or over and a driving licence will be required. An LGV licence may be needed for some jobs.

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 leading to NVQ/SVQ qualifications. You work towards NVQs/SVQs in Construction and Civil Engineering Services - Highways Maintenance levels 1 and 2 or NVQ in Construction and Civil Engineering Services (Road Building) Level 2.

NVQs/SVQs for individual utilities (gas, water, and electricity) often include road-working functions. Training is also available in plant operations for road workers who may be operating machinery.

For those already working in the sector holding an LGV licence, City & Guilds offer a Winter Maintenance Operations (6159) award at Level 2, for the operation of heavy vehicles such as snowploughs, blowers and spreaders.

All sites on existing roads must have at least one trained and fully qualified operative. These workers are registered with the Street Works Qualifications Register and obtain an identity card. To qualify, you need one of the following:

City & Guilds award in Streetworks, Excavation and Reinstatement (6156)
SQA national award in Excavation and Reinstatement
CABWI award in Street Works Excavation and Reinstatement.
For details on how to register and information on nearest assessment centres, contact Street Works Qualifications Register below.
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).


Road workers work for private civil engineering companies or for public bodies such as local councils. Work is available across the UK and abroad. Many road workers become self-employed, working on a contract basis. It may be possible to progress to supervisory positions such as ''ganger'' or foreman, or to train for work on specialised machinery.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

New entrants can earn between £10,500 to £14,000 a year.
With experience, operatives can earn around £17,000 a year.
Operatives with supervisory duties can earn up to £20,000 a year.

Increases in pay are available with overtime and shift work, and there are usually additional payments for plant machine operators.

Further information

CITB-Construction Skills
Bircham Newton
King''s Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577

Street Works Qualifications Register
Hanover House
24 Douglas Street
G2 7NQ
Tel: 0141 242 2239

Other Useful Road Worker Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Road Worker 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 Road Worker 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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