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Tilers cover walls or floors with tiles, in areas like kitchens, bathrooms, shops, hotels and restaurants. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £17,000 to £38,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 45 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements but you’ll usually need experience and a qualification in wall and floor tiling.

You may also need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on some sites. Your employer may be able to help you get one when you start.

You may also be able to start as a tiler’s assistant and train on the job, or you could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The CITB and Go Construct have more information about careers in construction.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • good practical skills
  • the ability to follow design plans
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • maths skills for calculating costs and quantities of materials
  • creative flair and a good eye for design
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to keep paperwork and accounts up-to-date, if self-employed

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • marking out an area to estimate the amount of tiles and adhesive needed (known as setting out)
  • cutting tiles to size and shape with hand-cutters or bench-mounted tools
  • preparing surfaces by levelling off with plaster, sand or cement
  • fixing the tiles and applying grout before finishing off
  • repairing or removing the previous surface before the setting out stage
  • working with various building materials

4. Salary

Starter: £17,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 to £38,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work from 37 to 45 hours a week, Monday to Friday, although you may need to work overtime to meet deadlines.

The work can be physically demanding and often involves lifting heavy loads. You’ll wear protective safety clothing when working with adhesives and grout.

You’ll travel from site to site and may sometimes stay overnight.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and extra training, you could become a site supervisor, clerk of works or contract manager.
You could also work as a trainer and assessor on tiling courses or set up your own business.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018