Building and Construction Labourer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
6d ago

Pay for building and construction labourers varies between employers and regions and depends on the work being done.

  • Most building and construction labourers earn between minimum wage and $20 an hour.
  • Skilled building and construction labourers can earn between $20 and $30 an hour.
  • Sources : Seek jobs, 2017; and Trade Me Jobs, 'Salary Guide', October 2016 March 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Building and construction labourers may do some or all of the following :

  • help erect scaffolding and construct or demolish buildings
  • level ground, dig trenches and lay pipes or cables
  • make and maintain roads, pathways or railways
  • pour and finish concrete
  • operate machines such as mowers or concrete breakers
  • move equipment and materials, and clean up worksites.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Building and construction labourers need to have :

  • practical skills
  • an understanding of basic building methods and terms
  • knowledge of worksite safety rules
  • knowledge of correct lifting techniques.
  • They may also need to be able to operate heavy machinery or drive heavy vehicles.

    Working conditions

    Building and construction labourers :

  • usually work eight-hour days, and may work weekends
  • work on construction and demolition sites, gardens, farms, roadsides and bushland
  • work outdoors in all types of weather, and in conditions that may be noisy, dirty and dangerous.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific requirements to become a building and construction labourer, as you gain skills on the job. Some businesses have training programmes in skills such as driving heavy vehicles or operating heavy machinery.

    Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a building and construction labourer. However, NCEA Level 2 English, maths, construction and mechanical technologies and physical education are useful.

    Personal requirements

    Building and construction labourers need to be :

  • safety-conscious
  • hard-working, efficient and adaptable
  • observant, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work with a wide range of people
  • good at using and caring for equipment.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for building and construction labourers includes :

  • building work
  • farm or engineering work
  • work involving physical labour, such as gardening or road construction.
  • Physical requirements

    Labouring is physically demanding work, so building and construction labourers need to be fit, healthy and strong, with no back problems.

    They may also need to be comfortable working at heights.

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