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Plastering Jobs Overview Plasterers are skilled tradesmen who mix and apply plaster or cement onto walls, ceilings and ...

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Plastering Jobs Overview

Plasterers are skilled tradesmen who mix and apply plaster or cement onto walls, ceilings and floors to give them a smooth finish. They work on new buildings, as well as repairing and restoring existing plasterwork. The job requires both physical and mental abilities. Applicants need to calculate material amounts and be creative to design decorative projects. The job can be physically demanding, so they should be fit and flexible. Often, they may need to work long hours standing or on their knees, and work from heights using ladders and scaffolding. Plasterers can work on their own on a small domestic job or as part of a team on larger commercial projects. They are expected to work outdoors as well as indoors, covering walls with different coatings. Fibrous plasterers, who use moulds to create ornamental plasterwork, are usually based in a workshop and are in great demand by the movie industry.

Plastering Jobs Education Requirements

Although no educational qualifications are needed to become a plasterer, employers may prefer applicants to have on-site experience by first working as a plasterers' mate or on a labourer jobs. Another route into the profession is via an apprenticeship or college course, such as the City & Guilds in Basic Construction Skills certificate. GCSEs including maths may be an advantage when applying for either. After a few years in the job, a plasterer can start their own business, teach or do further training to specialise in historic buildings or progress to a construction manager job.

Plastering Jobs Market

Demand for plasterers is growing mainly due to the government's planned house building programme. Traditionally, it has been a male-dominated trade, however there are initiatives to temp women into the profession.

Plastering Jobs Salary Information

New starters can earn £14,000 to £17,000 annually. Qualified plasterers can pocket up to £26,000 a year. Overtime will increase earnings. Self-employed plasterers, who negotiate their own rates, can earn more.

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