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Plasterer

Plasterer skimming a wall with a trowel

A plasterer mixes and applies plaster or cement to walls, ceilings and floors. There are two kinds of plasterer. A solid plasterer applies smooth wet finishes. A fibrous plasterer produces ornamental shapes from moulds for cornices, centre roses and panelling.

The Work

As a fibrous plasterer you could be:

As a solid plasterer you could be:

Pay

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

As of June 2023 the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) recommends the following rates for a 4-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:

Year 1 – £237.46 (£6.09 an hour)
Year 2 – £316.02 (£8.10 an hour)
Year 3 – £396.38 (£10.16 an hour)
Year 4 – £396.38 (£10.16 an hour) (without SCQF Level 6)
Year 4 – £419.27 (£10.75 an hour) (with SCQF Level 6).

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.

Qualified plasterers can earn between £12.00 and around £22.00 an hour, or more. Overtime and shift allowances will increase earnings.

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Getting In

Look for vacancies with building contractors or local authorities. Fibrous plasterers usually work for firms specialising in ornamental work.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
1613
5.2 %
RISE
2029
1697
  United Kingdom
2024
18677
5.9 %
RISE
2029
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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

For more information please see the organisations listed below: 

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Contacts

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