Recruitment agencies predominantly work alongside organisations within the construction industry to place skilled tradespeople into bricklaying vacancies either locally or nationwide.
Bricklayers typically work on a construction site and will be responsible for building, repairing and restoring brickwork. The job role relies on practical and physically fit candidates who will be expected to carry out tasks such as mixing mortar, establishing foundations and shaping / laying bricks.
A bricklayer will usually work as part of a team on large construction projects and may be required to liaise with other tradesmen such as a foreman or architect. Due to the temporary nature of construction jobs, the majority of workers supplied by an agency will be employed on a contract or fixed-term basis, with only large organisations typically offering permanent / long term contracts.
There are numerous routes into a bricklaying job with previous experience on a construction site often being considered the most important attribute by employers. Candidates can therefore enter the industry within a unskilled or general labourer role as a precursor to being recruited into a bricklayer position. Undertaking an apprenticeship with a reputable construction firm also offers a viable route for applicants, while diplomas and City and Guilds courses can provide necessary qualifications and skills to candidates.
Salaries for bricklayers will vary depending on experience and the size of the project, however the typical starting salary for entry level professionals is around £15K per annum. Experience and the development of craft specialisms could potentially see this rise to £30K+. Overtime and bonuses can cause earnings to increase further, although many senior bricklayer professionals will become self employed and set their own fees.
Recruitment agencies that supply bricklayers will commonly conduct candidate assessments to ensure that all recommendations are suitably skilled and health & safety aware. Depending on the size of the agency, they will then supply these candidates for the bricklaying jobs of their local or UK wide clients.