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What type of construction workers does your company need?

There are many different types of construction workers that your company may need. Here is a look at some of the most common ones.

General Labourer

A general labourer is someone who performs a variety of tasks on a construction site. They may load and unload materials, operate equipment, and clean the work area. Labourers typically do not have a specialised skill set and are often entry-level workers.

General labourers typically do not require much formal education, although some on-the-job training may be necessary. Those interested in becoming general labourers should have physical strength and stamina, as the job can be physically demanding. They should also be able to follow instructions and work well as a team.

In an entry-level position, general labourers often have opportunities to advance to other positions within the construction industry. Those who demonstrate leadership qualities and a willingness to learn new skills may be able to move into supervisory or management roles. With experience, some general labourers may also become skilled trades workers, such as carpenters or electricians.


A carpenter is someone who builds and repairs structures made of wood. They may also install windows, doors, and cabinets. Carpenters typically work in residential or commercial construction.

Most carpenters are self-employed, though some work for general contractors. Some carpenters may also supervise a small team of workers.

Carpenters must be skilled in using various tools, including power tools. They must also be able to read and follow blueprints or instructions from supervisors. Carpenters typically receive on-the-job training, though some may have completed an apprenticeship programme.


An electrician installs and repairs electrical systems. They may also install lighting fixtures and wiring in new construction. Electricians typically enter an apprenticeship program to learn their trade.

An electrician’s job is to install and repair electrical systems. This can include anything from running new wiring in a home under construction to fixing a broken light fixture in an existing home. Electricians typically enter into an apprenticeship programme to learn the trade. Apprenticeships usually last four years; during that time, the apprentice will work under the supervision of a licensed electrician. Once the training is complete, the electrician will take a test to become licensed.

There is always a demand for qualified electricians, as electrical work is necessary for new construction and repair work. Electricians can find work in various settings, including residential, commercial, and industrial. Some electricians may even specialise in a particular area, such as working with home theatre systems or installing solar panels. No matter what the job entails, electricians are always in high demand.


A plumber installs and repairs pipes and other plumbing fixtures. They may also install gas lines and water heaters, among other appliances. A plumber’s tools include a pipe wrench, a soldering gun, and various other specialised tools.

Plumbers have apprenticeships or formal training in mathematics, physics, and plumbing codes and standards. In addition, they must have a working knowledge of the various materials used in plumbing, such as copper and PVC. They also need to be familiar with the local building codes and regulations. When choosing a plumber, selecting one licensed and insured is essential.


A roofer installs and repairs roofs. They may also install gutters and downspouts and provide other services related to roofing.

Roofers typically work on pitched roofs, using various materials, including asphalt shingles, metal, and tile. They may also work on flat roofs, using tar or gravel.

Most roofers learn their trade through an apprenticeship.

There are three main types of roofing:

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing in the United States. They come in a variety of colors and styles, and they’re relatively easy to install.

Metal roofs are long-lasting and low-maintenance, but they can be more expensive than asphalt shingles. Metal roofs are available in a variety of colours and styles.

Tile roofs are durable and attractive but can be expensive and difficult to install. Tile roofs are typical in warm climates.

Contact a roofing contractor if you’re thinking about getting a new roof or needing repairs. They will be able to help you choose the right type of roof for your home or business.

Heavy Equipment Operator

A heavy equipment operator runs the machines used to move and grade earth, transport materials, and perform other tasks on a construction site. The operator uses a variety of devices, including bulldozers, cranes, backhoes, and graders.

A heavy equipment operator must be able to control the machine while manoeuvring it around other equipment and workers. They must also be able to communicate with other crew members to coordinate their activities.

Most operators learn their trade through on-the-job training or apprenticeship programmes.

Heavy equipment operators typically work full time and may work overtime hours to complete projects on deadline. They may work outdoors in all weather conditions. Some job sites are located in remote areas and may require travel.

Operators use a variety of machines, including:

Bulldozers: Also called track-type tractors are large crawler-equipped machines with massive blades that push and clear earth and other materials.

Cranes: Mobile or stationary machinery equipped with hoists to move heavy loads vertically.

Backhoes: Crawler-equipped machines with a bucket on one end and a backhoe on the other. They are used to dig trenches, holes, or foundations and to grade earth.

Graders: Motorised equipment with a long blade used to create a flat surface during construction projects.


A painter applies paint, primer, and other finishes to surfaces. They may also prep surfaces by sanding them or removing old paint or finishes. Most painters work for painting contractors or specialised painting companies, but some are self-employed. Some painters also work in construction and maintenance, applying paint to bridges, buildings, and other structures.

Most painters learn on the job from more experienced workers. Apprenticeship programmes sponsored by unions or trade associations can provide the painter with the training necessary to obtain certification. Certification is not always required for employment, but it may help find a job or advance one’s career.

The majority of painters are employed by painting contractors or specialised painting companies. Some painters are self-employed. The government employs many painters working in construction and maintenance. The employment of painters is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2022.

The demand for painting services is driven by new construction and remodelling activity. In addition, as structures age, they will require more maintenance and repair, which will also create job opportunities for painters.

These are just some of the most common types of construction workers. Depending on the project, your company may also need other types of workers.

Phillip Shaun Construction can help you find the right workers for your specific needs. Contact us today to learn more about our construction recruitment and labour supply services.

Phillip Shaun Construction is construction recruitment and labour supply company based in Mabledon Pl, London. We provide construction workers to companies throughout the UK. We have a wide range of construction workers, from general labourers to carpenters to electricians to roofers. No matter what type of worker you need, we can help you find them. Contact us today to learn more about our services.