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Concrete Finishers smooth and finish the exposed surfaces of poured concrete floors and other structures.

Average salaries are in the region of £20,000.00 to £25,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Concrete Finishers smooth and finish the exposed surfaces of poured concrete floors and other structures.

What they do

From finishing to protecting or repairing concrete structures, Concrete Finishers work on a range of engineering and construction projects, both outside and indoors.

Concrete Finishers are responsible for setting and ensuring the correct depth and pitch of the concrete form. The concrete surface is levelled and smoothed using both specialist machinery and hand tools.

Operatives have knowledge of a variety of finishing techniques and employ processes to help prevent surface cracking.

The work can be strenuous and physically demanding. Project completion and working hours are often affected by weather conditions and the seasons. 

Typical tasks include:

  • Checking the concrete forms for accurate construction
  • Setting and aligning the forms
  • Spreading, levelling and smoothing the concrete using a variety of specialist equipment
  • Moulding expansion joints and edges
  • Monitoring the effects of weather conditions on the concrete curing process
  • Facilitating concrete pouring

Hours & Salary

  • Trainee and newly trained Concrete Finishers can earn in the region of £11,000 to £15,000
  • Trained with experience Concrete Finishers can earn in the region of £20,000 to £25,000
  • More experienced Concrete Finishers may earn in excess of £25,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 

This role is a full-time position, so the working week is usually between 35 and 40 hours per week.

These hourse can vary and you may have to do overtime to meet deadlines or if affected by weather conditions. 

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

Although no formal entry qualifications are required to become a Concrete Finisher, it is generally recommended to achieve four GCSEs, including maths and English, at grade C or above, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.

Do I need any previous experience?

While previous experience as a Concrete Finisher may not always be necessary, many employers will value experience of working on a construction site.

Gaining employment as a Mason’s Mate, working under the supervision of an experienced Concrete Finisher, will allow for the development of the specific skills required for the role.

Could I do an apprenticeship?

Applying for a modern apprenticeship in construction offers an alternative entry route into the profession. Concrete Finishers gain industry and on-site experience and progress to achieving a relevant NVQ/SVQ industry qualification. 

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Career trends and forecasts

1,010 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 1,010 workers, within the category ‘specialist building operatives,’ every year to meet demand from now until 2019, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).

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