A ceiling fixer puts up false (suspended) ceilings inside buildings to hide air conditioning, wiring and pipes. Ceiling fixers work on new buildings as well as on buildings undergoing improvement.
You could be:
studying plans and drawings
marking out the position for the framework of supports
using spirit or water levels and laser measurement tools to check that the framework is straight
fixing bolts into the roof for hangers and attaching scaffolding and platforms
cutting and fixing aluminium framework to new ceilings and fitting ceiling panels to the framework
using hand and power tools including hacksaws, metal cutters, knives, hammers and screwdrivers
shaping panels to fit around lights and edging
fitting insulation in the ceiling space
installing dry lining and floor partitions.
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.
As of June 2023 the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) recommends the following rates for a 2-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).
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 ceiling fixers can earn between £28,000 and £35,000 a year. You can earn extra by overtime and shift allowances.
You would work indoors, often in large buildings such as shopping malls, factories, schools, hospitals, offices, restaurants or nightclubs.
You would work at heights, on ladders and scaffolding, sometimes in confined spaces.
You would wear a safety helmet and boots, overalls, gloves and goggles.
You would sometimes work overtime, including weekends.
Jobs might be on a contract basis, lasting for a few weeks or months at a time.
If you are self-employed, you need your own tools and equipment.