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Construction and Skilled trade jobs

Construction and skilled trade jobs do not typically require a matric, most of these skills are acquired through apprenticeship programs. However, construction and skilled trade jobs that are upper level, such as foreman, may require a matric in order to continue to advance. You can find many of these jobs in your local area by simply showing up on job sites and talking to the foreman. If you want a position in construction and skilled labour that is highly specialised, like an electrician, you should be able to show your matric and possibly even your license. Your pay and position will depend on these things.


Plumbers are a type of skilled labour that requires training under an apprentice and usually a license or certificate to show knowledge of their craft. Plumbers may find work in new construction installing bathrooms and plumbing systems or work as independent contractors answering repair calls for private homes and businesses. Plumbers can average R10 000 monthly or more depending on experience.


Electricians must have credentials from either a technical school or have worked as a journeyman under a master electrician. Many high schools have beginning electrician classes for students interested in pursuing this career field. This is a skilled labour that can be found in new construction or in private contract work performing repairs. Electricians vary in level of skill. Some work primarily in residential electricity while others are more advanced and work with industrial electricity. The average salary for an electrician starts at about R7 750 and goes up depending on experience and area of expertise.

Project Manager

One of the highest paid positions in the construction and skilled trade jobs is that of the project manager. During construction this person is responsible for ensuring that all crafts have been hired and are performing their tasks on schedule and to code. If there are issues or delays, the project manager is the person ultimately held responsible. The project manager also ensures that each craft is scheduled properly, for example, ensuring drywall is not installed before plumbing and electricity. Project managers can make anywhere from R35 000 and up depending on experience.

Many professionals tend to look down on construction and skilled labour jobs. However, without these jobs, there would be no buildings, infrastructure, or other types of construction. Find many of these jobs by simply going to a construction site and applying.