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Scaffolder

Scaffolder working on a platform assembling scaffolding

A scaffolder uses tools to build a framework of interconnected metal tubes with timber walkways, so that construction workers can reach high levels of buildings during construction or renovation.

The Work

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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.

A scaffolder with CISRS Parts 1 and 2 could expect to earn £400 to £800 a week. A supervisor would earn more. Overtime and bonus payments are also available.

Conditions

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Getting In

Look for jobs in large and small construction companies or in the oil industry. Many scaffolders work on short term contracts or are self-employed.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2023
4122
3.5 %
RISE
2028
4268
  United Kingdom
2023
30933
3.7 %
RISE
2028
32074

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Video

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Contacts

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