Thatched Roof Maker

The tasks a Thatcher is expected to perform include:

Constructing roofs of huts and cottages from straw rashes, reeds or dry palm leaves using shears or trimming knife

Collecting straw, dry leaves, reeds and bamboos of required length

Covering openings with extra straw or leaf to make it waterproof

Placing thatched frame over roof of hut with assistance of others and positioning it securely by fastening it with rafters and beams

Proficiency in using shears or trimming knife

Knowledge of constructing roofs of huts and cottages from straw rashes, reeds or dry palm leaves

Well-versed with spreading leaves, grass or reed as roofing material over rafters or bamboo frame

Proficiency in securely tying roofing material with twin rope

Knowledge of fixing rafters to roof of hut in slanting position to set hay straw or leaf as roofing material

Proficiency in trimming edges uniformly to make sides look even


Knowledge of constructing straw huts and small dwellings

Knowledge of re-thatching cottage and hut roofs

Effective communication skills

Dexterity of hands

Good hand-eye co-ordination

Ability to follow instructions

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week

Shift system maybe available

Self-employment in an option. In this case, working hours and working days will be flexible

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs
This job is suitable for candidates with Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

Health risks include working for long hours, exposure to dust, risk of handling sharp tools, etc.

Occupational hazards include risk of developing respiratory disorders due to dust, injuries, cuts and bruises, fatigue, etc.

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Current and Future Growth of Construction Sector in India

In 2012-13, the market value of the construction industry was estimated at 7,674 billion. The sector grew at a CAGR of 9.42% between 2003-04 and 2012-13. The sector has multiple linkages with other sectors and has a strong multiplier effect on the economy. Indirectly, the sector generates 5 times higher value for the other sectors.

It is highly unorganized and employs most labourers, second only to the agriculture sector.

Construction sector is the 2nd largest employer in the country. The sector is also the largest contributor to central exchequer. The market value of construction sector in India is projected to expand up to 11,954 billion by 2017. In the recent years increasing infrastructure spending by the government has made this sector highly attractive among foreign investors. Sector witnessed cumulative foreign direct investments to the tune of 40,399 million from 2000 till 2013 of which 91% was in real estate development.

Labour in construction sector is highly migratory and largely unskilled. The sector creates more than 45 million jobs either directly or indirectly among various classes of individuals in the country which is primarily driven by increase in demand for residential real estate and rising infrastructure expenditure. The sector currently employs over 45 million employees and is slated to employ more than 76 million employees by 2022. This implies additional creation of around 31 million jobs in the 9 year period. As the industry grows, so will job opportunities for professionals like Thatcher.


Construction sites across India

Villages across India