A wall and floor tiler covers walls and floors, indoors – for example bathrooms and kitchens, as well as commercial and leisure premises. Materials include marble, granite, stone, glass, ceramic and plastic.
You could be:
working from diagrams and written instructions
removing the old covering, if any
preparing the surface, perhaps levelling the floor using sand and cement or plastering the walls
measuring the area and calculating the number of tiles needed, taking patterns and wastage from cutting into account
spreading cement or adhesive with a trowel and laying tiles, checking that they are straight and level
cutting tiles to fit corners and edges, using either a hand-held or bench-mounted cutter
using patterned tiles to create a mosaic or decorative effect
after the adhesive has dried, filling in joints with grout.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
There is a minimum wage for apprentices in Scotland. As of June 2019 the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) rates for a 4-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:
Year 1 – £200.46
Year 2 – £266.37
Year 3 – £334.23
Year 4 – £353.73 (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 newly qualified wall and floor tiler can earn around £12.00 to £16.00 an hour. Experienced wall and floor tilers can around £25 an hour or more. You can earn extra through overtime, bonuses and shift allowances.
You will mostly work indoors.
There will be a lot of kneeling and bending, sometimes in cramped positions.
Workspaces can be dusty, from removing old tiles and cutting new ones.
You will sometimes be working at heights.
You will have to travel to different sites.
You would work between 37 to 45 hours a week. There might be some evening and weekend work to meet deadlines.
CITB is the Sector Skills Council which covers a wide range of sectors in the development and maintenance of the built environment. Its careers website (bconstructive.co.uk) provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.