Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, partitions, arches and other structures.

Specialisations: Chimney Builder, Refractory Bricklayer, Retort Setter (Bricklaying), Tuckpointer.

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in bricklaying/blocklaying is needed to work as a Bricklayer.

Tasks

  • Studies plans and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures.
  • Erects scaffolding.
  • Seals foundations with damp resistant materials and spreads layers of mortar to serve as base and binder for blocks, using trowels.
  • Lays bricks in rows, designs and shapes, and spreads mortar between the joints.
  • Embeds blocks in mortar and removes excess mortar.
  • Checks vertical and horizontal alignment.
  • Cuts, shapes, and polishes stones and bricks using machines and hand tools, and shapes bricks to fit irregular spaces.
  • Repairs and maintains bricks, cement blocks and related structures.

More about Bricklayers and Stonemasons

All Bricklayers and Stonemasons

  • $2,070 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Bricklayers

  • 19,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 77% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Bricklayers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 20,800 in 2011 to 19,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Many Bricklayers work in Western Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (77%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Bricklayers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Bricklayers.

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction97.5
Manufacturing0.6
Administrative and Support Services0.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.3
Other Industries1.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBricklayersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.431.6
VIC26.025.6
QLD13.520.0
SA6.47.0
WA20.810.8
TAS1.32.0
NT0.41.0
ACT1.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBricklayersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.2-5.05.0
20-2412.9-9.39.3
25-3425.2-22.922.9
35-4419.2-22.022.0
45-5419.6-21.621.6
55-599.0-9.09.0
60-646.1-6.06.0
65 and Over2.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBricklayersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV67.7-21.121.1
Year 128.4-18.118.1
Year 114.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below16.8-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in bricklaying/blocklaying is needed to work as a Bricklayer.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Bricklayer.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • 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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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

Employers look for Bricklayers and Stonemasons who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    75% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Education and training

    57% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Technical design

    54% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and management

    46% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2021.00 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    99% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  2. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    98% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  3. Spend time standing

    96% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  4. Making repetitive motions

    96% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2021.00 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons.

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