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Ceiling fixers install suspended ceilings. As a ceiling fixer you will help hide and protect unsightly and potentially dangerous materials such as wiring, pipework, heating and air-conditioning systems.


Average salaries are in the region of £12,000.00 to £28,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Ceiling fixers install suspended ceilings. As a ceiling fixer you will help hide and protect unsightly and potentially dangerous materials such as wiring, pipework, heating and air-conditioning systems.

What they do

Ceiling fixers mainly work on new buildings. You may help fit suspended ceilings in hospitals, schools, offices, houses and sports facilities.

Almost all of your work will be indoors and can be physically demanding, as with some - though not all - construction jobs. You will need to be physically fit enough to be able to stand for many hours at a time, and be able to lift and carry heavy materials.

Typical tasks include:

  • Setting out, cutting and fixing the aluminium framework to support the new ceiling
  • Checking that the framework is horizontal, using spirit, laser or water levels
  • Fitting ceiling panels to the framework
  • Cutting and shaping panels to fit around lights and other fixtures

Salary

A typical working week would be around 39 hours per week, although there may be times where you would need to work overtime. Many ceiling fixers work on a contract base, though some will be employed full-time by private companies.

  • Newly trained ceiling fixers can earn in the region of £12,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience ceiling fixers can earn in the region of £20,000 - £32,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed ceiling fixers set their own pay rates. 


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Qualifications & Training

There are no formal qualifications needed to become a ceiling fixer. However it is generally recommended to complete Standard Grades/National 4 or 5s in English, maths and a technological subject – GCSE in mathematics and English at a grade C or above or their equivalent, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Experience in woodworking or building work is useful but not essential.

You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to work on a site. You must pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme.

Some ceiling fixers may complete a SVQ/NVQ Level 2 in Interior Systems to enter the profession, while others may complete a construction apprenticeship for a ceiling fixer firm. To find an apprenticeship visit the Government's website, in Wales or in Scotland visit Skills Development Scotland.

 

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Career trends and forecasts

55,480 total people needed

The UK construction industry will need a total of 55,480 specialist building operative roles (which includes ceiling fixers) to meet demand between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of the demand for these construction jobs in the UK will be in East of England and East Midlands.

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