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Site Labourer


The main role of a Site Labourer is to carry out the manual work on a construction site. 

The key responsibilities of a Site Labourer will vary depending on the nature of the site, however the main duties may include:

  • Handling deliveries, unloading materials and distributing around site
  • Groundwork such as marking out and digging trenches for foundations and drains
  • General housekeeping
  • Assisting other trades where required



The average hours for a Site Labourer can vary depending on the contract, but are usually 37 - 40 hours per week.

Labourers are often some of the first people on site so this can include some early mornings, with overtime available on weekends and evenings.

Typical Hourly Rate

Depending on the contract and location, the hourly rate for a Site Labourer can range from £8 - £12.

Required Qualifications

All workers are required to hold a CSCS card to gain entry to site. You will be required to hold the 'Labourer' card. 

The following qualifications will allow you entry to site:

  • Edexcel First Diploma in Construction
  • City & Guilds Basic Skills in Construction Award
  • Intermediate/Advanced Construction Award
  • Experience in construction

Some employers may also require you to have an Asbestos Awareness Certificate or a full UK Driving License.

Required Tools

As a self-employed Site Labourer you will be required to provide your own PPE and tools. 

The tools you need will vary depending on the trades you will be assisting on site, but the basic items you will need are:

  • Safety boots
  • Hard hat
  • High visibility jacket
  • Ear protectors
  • Hammer
  • Screw driver
  • Pliers
  • Electric drill
  • Screw gun


  • Do I need experience?

    It depends on the contract. Some employers will require previous construction experience with references, but others will accept applicants with no prior experience.

  • Do I need a CSCS card?

    Yes. It is unlikely you will be allowed on site without one. 

  • Do I have to provide my own tools?

    Yes. You may be required to provide all your own tools. Materials will be supplied by the employer. 

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