Demolition operatives dismantle old and derelict structures or buildings.
The Role
  • Working closely with demolition topmen, who prepare sites for demolition.
  • Stripping out fittings, removing doors and windows, dismantling roof structures, cutting steel framework, stripping off fragile roofs and instructing others on safe demolition practices.
  • Using hammer drills, oxyacetylene cutting equipment and plant machinery.
  • Preparing a structure for explosive demolition.
  • Following strict health and safety regulations at all times
  • safely removing hazardous materials like asbestos and toxic chemicals
  • Planning, overseeing and reviewing the demolition of buildings and structures
  • Managing the project team throughout the process
  • Advising on the work being done
  • Making sure health, safety and environment requirements are being met
  • Looking after the administration of contracts
  • Looking after the financial control
  • Managing sub-contractor governance
  • Looking after the daily on-site management of other construction workers
  • This role involves working outdoors and in all conditions.
  • It’s often dirty and dusty and is occasionally at height and may work longer hours over the summer months
  • Newly trained demolition operatives can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience demolition operatives can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Senior demolition operatives can earn in the region of £30,000 - £45,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and the amount of overtime worked. Self-employed demolition operatives set their own pay rates.
Qualifications & Training
There are no set qualifications that you need to have studied at school, though it is helpful to have Standard Grades/National 4 or 5s or GCSEs in maths, English or technology or equivlent such as BTEC, Welsh Baccalaureate, WJEC in Construction. You will need to be aged 18 or over to work on-site in demolition. It is helpful to get on-site experience first, perhaps as a labourer. Your employer may then be willing to train you in demolition. A construction apprenticeship with a demolition firm is a common way to enter the field. To search for apprenticeship vacancies in your area, visit the government's vacancy matching site, or in Wales, Careers Wales.