Roofers, Roof Tilers and Slaters

Roofers, roof tilers and slaters cover roofs and exterior walls with felting, sheeting, slates, tiles and thatch to provide a waterproof surface.


New workers

New workers start around £19,234. Normal pay is £28,202 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £41,103.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 20,353 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Seals edges of roof with mortar and ensures that joints are watertight.

  • Lays, aligns and secures successive overlapping layers of roofing material.

  • Lays and secures underfelt and covers with hot bitumen or other adhesive compound.

  • Cuts wooden battens, felt and underfelt to required size.

  • Measures roof or exterior wall and calculates required amounts of underfelt, tiles, slates or thatching material.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Roofing

  • Construction

  • Rain Gutters

  • Roofing Materials

  • Flat Roofing

  • Tiling

  • Carpentry

  • Power Tool Operation

  • Hand Tools

  • Shingling

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Detail Oriented

  • Problem Solving

  • Physical Stamina

  • English Language

  • Lifting Ability

  • Strong Work Ethic

  • Willingness To Learn

  • Teamwork

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.