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

  • $817 Weekly Pay
  • 10,400 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 92.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.9 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 3.3% female Gender Share

The number of Roof Tilers grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 10,400 in 2017 to 10,700 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Roof Tilers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92.3%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.9 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 3.3% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200710400
200810900
20097000
20108300
201110100
20129600
20136800
20147400
20156000
20169000
201710400
202210700

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Construction99.0
Manufacturing1.0

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 2017, 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
NSW38.631.6
VIC25.726.2
QLD24.619.7
SA2.16.7
WA4.510.8
TAS0.82.0
NT2.11.1
ACT1.61.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-199.9-5.25.2
20-2410.6-9.99.9
25-3429.8-23.623.6
35-4418.8-21.721.7
45-5412.0-20.820.8
55-594.1-8.88.8
60-6411.6-6.06.0
65 and Over3.2-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2181.00 - Roofers.

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