Floor Layer or Carpet Fitter

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A floor layer or carpet fitter puts down floor coverings such as carpet, wood or laminate in domestic and commercial buildings, such as offices, shops and people's homes.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Pay rates 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.

Qualified floor layers or carpet fitters earn £10.00 to £15.00 an hour. With more experience you can earn £15.00 to £18.00 an hour. or more. If you are self-employed, you could earn more than this.


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Getting In

Floor layers or carpet fitters usually work for shops, warehouses or specialist flooring contractors but often in a self-employed capacity.

What Does it Take?

You need to be able to:

You should have:


Getting On

After experience you may become a supervisor or an estimator, or move into self-employment.

More Information

For more information please see the organisation below:

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) 


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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