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Carpet fitter and floor layer Flooring fitter

Carpet fitters and floor layers fit carpets and vinyl tiles, and lay laminate and solid timber floors.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

Most carpet fitters and floor layers start out by joining a company and training on the job.

You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) and UK Flooring Academy (UKFA) run short intensive courses for beginners.

Go Construct has more details about careers in floor laying.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • practical skills
  • maths skills to measure floor areas and work out costs
  • the ability to work quickly and accurately
  • customer service skills

3. What you'll do

You'll work in people's homes and on commercial premises. Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • measuring floor space and estimating the of materials needed
  • clearing away furniture and taking off doors
  • removing old flooring
  • cleaning, levelling and sealing the work area
  • gluing or nailing underlay and floor coverings into place
  • stretching carpet over spiked gripper rods and taping
  • heat-sealing joins and edges on vinyl flooring
  • spraying or waxing the floor covering to give it a protective coating
  • putting furniture back and trimming and re-hanging doors

You'll usually work as part of a team of 2 or 3 people.

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £17,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000

Some companies may offer a vehicle as part of your package.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week. As a commercial fitter you may have to work evenings and weekends.

The job is physically demanding and you'll spend much of your time kneeling to fit flooring. You'll also be lifting and carrying heavy flooring materials, and moving furniture.

You may come into contact with chemical adhesives and sprays.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a team supervisor, estimator or contracts manager.

You could move into areas like buying and product sales. You could also set up your own carpet, floor laying or flooring design business.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017