Groundworkers prepare construction sites for building work by digging out and levelling the ground and laying concrete foundations, installing pipes and drainage and building paths, roads and driveways.


New workers

New workers start around £18,681. Normal pay is £34,609 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £51,759.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 21,889 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?

  • Builds paths, roads, kerbs and footpaths, using flagstones, paving and tarmac.

  • Installs drainage and pipes and redirects waterways away from site.

  • Prepares site and lays concrete for shallow foundations and fabricates steel cages.

  • Mark out site area set up the construction site.

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.

  • Construction

  • Trenching

  • Excavation

  • Machinery

  • Hand Tools

  • Paving

  • Landscaping

  • Drainage Systems

  • Power Tool Operation

  • Underground Utilities

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

  • Strong Work Ethic

  • Detail Oriented

  • Physical Stamina

  • Willingness To Learn

  • Teamwork

  • Lifting Ability

  • English Language

  • Operations

  • Loading And Unloading

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.