Painter and Decorator

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A painter and decorator applies finishes to the outside or inside surfaces of industrial, commercial or domestic buildings, using either paint, varnish, wallpaper or other coverings. Surfaces might be wood, plaster or metal. Jobs could include walls, ceilings, fences, boats, bridges or oil rigs and platforms.

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

There is a minimum wage for apprentices in Scotland. As of June 2022, the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) rates for a 4-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:

Year 1 – £219.87 (£5.64 an hour)
Year 2 – £292.61 (£7.50 an hour)
Year 3 – £367.02 (£9.41 an hour)
Year 4 – £367.02 (£9.41 an hour) (without SVQ Level 2)
Year 4 – £388.21 (£9.95 an hour) (with SVQ Level 2).

Please note these rates may vary if the Apprentice is 21 years old or over and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship. National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will apply.

A qualified painter and decorator earns £15.00 to around £20.00 an hour. From this you may have to buy your own ladders, brushes and other equipment. You can earn extra through overtime and bonuses. You may get travel and lodgings allowances. If you are self-employed you will negotiate your own rates.


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