Construction and building trades n.e.c.


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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Those working in construction and building trades n.e.c. undertake a variety of tasks in the construction, alteration, maintenance and repair of buildings, steeples, industrial chimneys and other tall structures, and of underwater structures not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 531: Construction and Building Trades.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, though GCSEs/S grades are advantageous. Entry is typically through an apprenticeship or traineeship approved by ConstructionSkills leading to an NVQ/SVQ in General Construction at Level 3.

Typical tasks

  • selects, measures and cuts steel bars, rods and wire to required lengths, positions and fixes reinforcements into position and tensions as required using hydraulic jacks;
  • lays bricks, tiles and building blocks to construct, repair and decorate buildings;
  • pours and levels concrete, prepares surfaces for painting and plastering, and mixes and applies plaster and paint;
  • installs plumbing fixtures, woodwork structures and fittings, and sets glass in frames;
  • maintains and repairs steeples, industrial chimneys and other high structures, and installs and replaces lightning conductors;
  • erects and repairs fencing;
  • checks and puts on diving suit and equipment and descends underwater to carry out construction, maintenance and repair tasks on sites such as oil rigs, harbours, bridges etc.

Common job titles

Pilot, ROV
Proofer, sound
Engineer, construction
Jack, steeple
Pilot, submersible
Hand, chimney (building construction)
Erector, fence
Installer, fence
Installer, playground
Supervisor, vehicle, operated, remotely
Builder, garage
Manager, maintenance
Driller, diamond (construction)
Developer, property (building construction)
Technician, maintenance
Waller, curtain
Builder, box (building construction)
Bender, steel
Builder, general
Builder, contractor
Operator, submersible (construction)
Supervisor, ROV
Fixer, reinforcement (building construction)
Surveyor, drainage
Builder and decorator
Engineer, insulation
Bender and fixer, bar
Erector, fencing
Builder and contractor
Craftsman, general (building construction)
Superintendent, estate
Dealer, estate
Engineer, maintenance
Fixer, steel
Builder, jobbing
Officer, buildings
Developer, estate
Contractor, fencing
Engineer, control, noise
Engineer, conductor, lightning
Engineer, irrigation
Fixer and bender, steel
Technician, concrete
Engineer, civil
Manager, maintenance, property
Engineer, acoustics
Builder, maintenance
Technician, support, life (construction:
Frogman (construction)
Diver (construction)
Technician, access, rope
Peter, steeple
Dealer, property
Contractor, builder's
Officer, building
Builder, house
Bender, bar
Contractor, building
Builder, master
Renovator, property
Fitter, maintenance

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.