Whether it’s rebuilding or repairing a garden wall, repointing your home or building a chimney, a bricklayer is the trade to call.
Few homes in the UK are constructed without the help of these venerable construction professionals and good bricklayers are always in demand for new builds, extensions and renovations.
What they do
Bricklayers work with clay bricks, concrete blocks and other types of building materials in mortar. Each bricklaying project requires many skills including:
- Reading and working from plans and specifications
- Sealing foundations with damp-resistant materials
- Repairing and maintaining clay bricks, cement blocks / bricks and related structures
- Operating brick cutting machines
- Putting scaffolding up
What they charge
The average amount you would expect to pay for a bricklayer is around £100 per day for small jobs. For larger projects, they work in teams of two with a labourer and for all three workers you should pay around £50 per hour.
There are 60 bricks per m² of single skin face brickwork. A good bricklayer should be able to lay as many as 600 bricks in a day if the job is relatively straightforward.
What to ask
When hiring a bricklayer, ask:
- If they have a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to show they have passed a CITB Health, Safety and Environment test
- If they are qualified in heritage work with a Diploma in Heritage Skills (for stonemasons)
- Whether the quoted price includes any other workers involved such as a labourer
- If they will take remove any waste or rubble
Trades to trust
For brickies, the Association of Brickworking Contractors promotes the role of the bricklayer and the bricklaying contractor. Formed by leading companies in the industry, it champions the ongoing importance of brick in our environment. If you’re planning a larger project, the Brick Development Association (BDA) promotes the use of clay bricks and pavers in architectural, structural, landscape and craft applications.
All workers within the construction industry must hold a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card. To be eligible for the card, the worker must possess an NVQ or an SVQ, or a satisfactory corresponding qualification, and have passed a health and safety assessment. Each card has a grade which is given according to the experience and qualifications of your chosen bricklayer.
Ready to hire?
3 is the magic number
As always, try and get three quotes from three different bricklayers to ensure you pay a fair price for the job.
Certification and references
Don’t be shy about asking for any relevant certification, proof of public liability insurance and references or photos from previous jobs. If the bricklayer is trustworthy and competent, they’ll be pleased (and proud) to show you both.