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Scaffolders put up and take down scaffolding, to allow workers to reach the external higher levels of buildings safely.

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

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but you'll need a Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) card.

GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths, and design and technology may be helpful.

Experience on a construction site would also be useful.

You could start as a trainee scaffolder or get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may need a driving licence.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • practical skills 
  • the ability to follow instructions and plans

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • unloading scaffolding from a lorry
  • creating a stable base on the ground
  • putting up scaffolding poles and attaching horizontal tubes to them
  • fixing scaffolding to a building
  • laying planks across scaffolding for workers to walk on
  • fixing guard rails and safety nets
  • taking down scaffolding after a job

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000

Experienced: £17,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000

Your salary will increase with overtime and shift allowances.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.

You'll work outside in all weathers and at height. The work involves climbing and lifting heavy equipment. You'll wear a safety helmet, protective footwear and a safety harness.

You'll travel from site to site and may need to stay overnight.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a scaffolding gang supervisor. You could also become a scaffolding designer or construction manager, or set up your own business.

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Last updated: 16 April 2018