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Bricklayer

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Education
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€13k > 46 
Bricklayer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€13 - 46 
Related Information:
Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 32 - 46

Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 23 - 36

The Construction Industry is governed by a Registered Employment Agreement (REA). The REA is a nationally negotiated deal which sets legally binding minimum rates of pay and conditions. All building workers are entitled to these benefits. It is unlawful to be paid less.

Rates for the Construction Industry

CRAFTSMEN:
01-Jan-08 €18.60
04-Feb-11 €17.21
Data Source(s):
SOLAS / REA

Last Updated: January, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Occupational Category

Bricklayers

Also included in this category:

Bricklayers; stone masons

Number Employed:

3,800

Part time workers: 27%
Aged over 55: 13%
Male / Female: 99 / 1%
Non-Nationals: 10%
With Third Level: 9%
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At a Glance... header image

Works on a construction site building walls and other structures using bricks, blocks or other materials.


The Work header image

Brick and stonelaying involves constructing all types of walls, from plain walls to more detailed work.  
 
Brick and stonelaying is an essential part of many structures and a brick and stonelayer has to make sure that the structure is accurate and meets design requirements. Many sizes and colours of building material are used and considerable skill is needed to combine these into bonds to meet requirements. Bricklayers need to be able to read plans and drawings to find out how the structure is to be built and take account of where corners need to be or where openings must be left for doors and windows.  
 
A brick/stonelayer may work on new buildings, extensions or the restoration of existing buildings. A variety of tools are used, for example, laying trowel for spreading mortar, pointing trowel, for pointing, spirit level for plumbing and levelling the wall, club hammers and brick hammers, a bolster and a variety of cold chisels for cutting and trimming brick stone and blocks, lines and line pines and corner blocks, for lining in walls etc.  

Power tools may be also used from time-to-time. The work is mainly outdoors and conditions can be dirty and dusty as well as cold, damp and muddy.  

These craftspersons are generally employed in the building industry or they may be engaged on maintenance work in large industrial undertakings. 

Health and safety is an important aspect of the job, so a brick and stonelayer needs to wear protective footwear, a safety helmet and, occasionally, safety glasses and hand protection.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Remove excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finish mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance.

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Construct corners by fastening in plumb position a corner pole or building a corner pyramid of bricks, and filling in between the corners using a line from corner to corner to guide each course, or layer, of brick.

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Measure distance from reference points and mark guidelines to lay out work, using plumb bobs and levels.

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Break or cut bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using trowel edge, hammer, or power saw.

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Interpret blueprints and drawings to determine specifications and to calculate the materials required.

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Fasten or fuse brick or other building material to structure with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch, or cement.

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Lay and align bricks, blocks, or tiles to build or repair structures or high temperature equipment, such as cupola, kilns, ovens, or furnaces.

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Mix specified amounts of sand, clay, dirt, or mortar powder with water to form refractory mixtures.

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Calculate angles and courses and determine vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.

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Clean working surface to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using broom, wire brush, or scraper.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment:  Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a brick and stonelayer you need to be physically fit and strong as the work involves bending, stretching, lifting and working at heights. You need to be able to work both alone and in a team. You also need to be neat, accurate and have an eye for visual effect.


Entry Routesheader image

To become an apprentice you must be a minimum of 16 years-old and have a D in five Junior Certificate subjects, or the equivalent.

If you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may still be able to register as an apprentice with an employer if you satisfactorily complete an approved preparatory course. You can also be eligible if you are over 18 years-old and have three years of relevant work experience.

For more information look at the SOLAS page on eligibility and assessment.

It’s worth noting that employers may require additional minimum qualifications to those specified by SOLAS.

Last Updated: November, 2014


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Organisation: SOLAS
  Address: Castleforbes House, Castleforbes Road, Dublin, 1
  Tel: (01) 533 2500
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