Road Construction Operatives

Road construction operatives construct, repair and maintain roads and lay paving slabs and kerbstones to form pavements and street gutters.


New workers
£ 23,361
£ 33,107
£ 50,898

Available jobs

In the past year there were 13,460 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

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

What they do most days?

  • Removes damaged paving slabs and kerb stones, lays bedding of sand, concrete or mortar on prepared foundation, lays new slabs or stones and fills joints with mortar.

  • Spreads aggregate over road surfaces using shovel, lays markings on road surface and repairs crash barriers.

  • Spreads bitumen, tar or asphalt and compacts surface using roller.

  • Heats bitumen in bucket, applies it to newly laid asphalt and beats or draws tamper head on asphalt to close joints.

  • Cuts away broken road surface with pick or pneumatic drill.

  • Sets up traffic management systems around work site such as cones, lights and barriers.

  • Inspects road surfaces for hazards or signs of deterioration, clears mud, weeds and debris from road and spreads grit or salt as required.

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.

  • Forklift Truck

  • Safety Training

  • Sales Prospecting

  • Highway Maintenance

  • Civil Engineering

  • Block Paving

  • Construction

  • Resourcing

  • Road Traffic Controls

  • Asset Management

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

  • Organizational Skills

  • Time Management

  • Adaptability

  • Computer Literacy

  • Detail Oriented

  • English Language

  • Operations

  • Self-Motivation

  • Physical Stamina

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.