Building and Construction Labourer Kaimahi Whaihanga

Building and construction labourers do a wide range of physical work on building sites, roads and other large civil construction projects. 

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Building and construction labourers may do some or all of the following:

  • help put up scaffolding and construct or demolish buildings
  • level ground, dig trenches and lay pipes or cables
  • make and maintain roads, pathways or railways
  • pour and finish concrete
  • operate machines such as mowers or concrete breakers
  • move equipment and materials
  • clean up worksites. 

Physical Requirements

Building and construction labourers need to to be fit, healthy and strong as the work can be physically demanding. They may also need to be comfortable working at heights.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for building and construction labourers includes:

  • building work
  • farm or engineering work
  • work involving physical labour, such as gardening or road construction.

Personal Qualities

Building and construction labourers need to be:

  • safety-conscious
  • hard-working and efficient
  • observant, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work with a wide range of tradespeople. 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for building and construction labourers includes:

  • building work
  • farm or engineering work
  • work involving physical labour, such as gardening or road construction.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but NCEA Level 2 English, maths, construction and mechanical technologies and physical education are useful. 

Building and Construction Labourers can earn around $19-$40 per hour per year.

With further training, building and construction labourers may progress to become scaffolders, carpenters and building contractors or move into other trades.

Building and construction labourers may specialise in:

  • concrete work
  • brick and blocklaying
  • road construction
  • fencing 
  • drainlaying.
Building and Construction Labourer

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