Roofers must have a good head for heights as they will be replacing tiles or lead sheeting on roofs that may be several stories high. Those who work well in a team and are good with figures will be well suited to this role.
On this page are listed a number of UK based recruitment firms that have experience in pairing suitable candidates to the role of roofer.
A common method of entering this profession is by obtaining an entry-level roofing labourer role. This will offer the experience required for better paying roofer jobs. Further training may be provided once a job has been secured.
An Apprenticeship is another route into this work, with a construction or building firm. Entry will likely require GCSEs (grades A-C) in subjects like maths, design and technology, and English. A BTEC Certificate or Diploma in Construction may also be sufficient to gain entry.
Physically demanding and sometimes dirty, this work tends to be around 40 hours a week, and carried out in good lighting conditions. Overtime may be required in order to meet deadlines.
A salary of £13,000 to £15,000 can be earned by roofing labourers or trainees, rising to between £16,000 and £24,000 once fully qualified. Those with a good deal of experience can earn up to around £31,000. Self-employed roofers set their own pay rates.