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Painting and Decorating Jobs Overview A painting and decorating career is an ideal fit for someone who has excellent ...

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Painting and Decorating Jobs Overview

A painting and decorating career is an ideal fit for someone who has excellent practical skills and enjoys working with their hands, and yet has an eye for detail and a certain amount of creative flair. The work is varied, with jobs ranging from domestic decoration to finishing industrial premises, and requires a broad skill set and an ability to be flexible. The sometimes physical nature of the job also means a good standard of overall health is needed, along with a head for heights and a steady hand.

Painting and Decorating Jobs Education Requirements

Many people start their painting and decorating careers as a labourer or 'mate' to a seasoned decorator, learning on the job, but there are also vocational qualifications available such as the Level 1 Award/Certificate in Basic Construction Skills (Painting and Decorating), or the Level 1/2/3 Diploma in Painting and Decorating. Experience gained through previous work in plastering jobs or other related trades jobs will always be helpful for those looking to switch career later in life.

Painting and Decorating Jobs Market

Painting and decorating vacancies are available in the public sector, such as in local authority or NHS maintenance departments, or in contracting companies for domestic or commercial markets. With experience, many painters and decorators choose to become self employed, with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reporting that around 60% take this route. People working in this industry are overwhelmingly male, with the ONS putting the figure at 96%.

Painting and Decorating Jobs Salary Information

Full time painters and decorators can expect to start out on a salary of around £14,500 per year, rising to roughly £23,000 a year with experience and qualifications. Decorators with supervisory responsibilities can expect to earn more than that, while those who go on to be self employed can set their own rates according to local demand and professional reputation.

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