Roof Tilers cover roofs with tiles, sheets and shingles to form a waterproof surface.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Around half of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Some additional tickets may also be required.

Tasks

  • studying drawings, specifications and work sites to determine materials required
  • erecting ladders and scaffolds
  • placing and securing waterproof sheets over eaves
  • nailing and stapling roofing underlay to roofs
  • aligning starter rows of roofing material with edges of roofs, securing with wire, staples and nails, and overlapping successive layers of tiles
  • sizing and cutting roofing material to fit around vents, chimney edges, corners and ridges
  • fixing edge and ridge tiles in cement mortar
  • slipping roofing material under pre-fabricated flashing and nailing it down
  • caulking and flashing exposed nail heads to prevent leaks

Job Titles

  • Roof Tiler
  • Roof Tiler

    Specialisations: Roof Fixer, Roof Shingler, Roof Slater

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $817 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    7400
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    100.0%
  • Female Share

    0.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    86.7%

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This is a small occupation employing 7400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Roof Tilers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They nearly all work in Construction.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $817 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 32 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

There have been shortages of Roof Tilers for a number of years. In 2016, employers in most locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Roof Tilers, particularly in regional areas. Employers placed greater importance on experience and skills than on formal qualifications. To find out more, view the Department of Employment's latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20059600
20068800
200711500
20087100
20098900
20108300
201111100
20128100
20136900
20146100
20157400
20207800

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsRoof TilersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings8171230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryRoof TilersAll Jobs Average
Full-time86.768.4
Part-time13.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.840

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction92.5
Manufacturing2.4
Retail Trade2.3
Financial and Insurance Services1.8
Other Industries1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateRoof TilersAll Jobs Average
NSW36.631.8
VIC25.425.5
QLD15.419.8
SA4.46.8
WA13.511.2
TAS02
NT1.31.1
ACT3.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketRoof TilersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.5-5.45.4
20-2410.8-9.99.9
25-3440.1-23.423.4
35-4417-21.721.7
45-5417.2-21.121.1
55-591.4-8.78.7
60-647.7-5.95.9
65 and Over1.1-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryRoof TilersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males100Males53.6
Females0Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationRoof TilersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV48.1-18.918.9
Year 1222.1-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1029.9-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed.
Around half of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Some additional tickets may also be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Roof Tilers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Building and Construction

    92% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    70% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English Language

    67% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Public Safety and Security

    66% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  5. Education and Training

    64% Important

    Teaching and course design.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Performing General Physical Activities

    86% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  2. Handling and Moving Objects

    84% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  3. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    82% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  4. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    81% Important

    Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Getting Information

    80% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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