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A dryliner creates the walls and rooms in a building. They also hide pipes and wires, create space for insulation and smooth out uneven surfaces during renovation work.
Average salaries are in the region of £10,000.00 to £30,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
A dryliner creates the walls and rooms in new a building. They also hide pipes and wires, create space for insulation and smooth out uneven surfaces during renovation work.
Dryliners are skilled in building the internal walls in all types of buildings, using metal stud partitioning and plasterboard sheets. They also put in partitions that can move location later if needed, along with suspended ceilings and raised flooring.
Like lots of construction jobs, this is an interesting and satisfying career because a dryliner helps a new building to take shape – actually creating the rooms and corridors where people will live or work or visit. They also help when a building is taking on a new purpose and needs to change.
Drylining methods are used to divide large areas into smaller spaces (creating the rooms or corridors) and this role can be combined with traditional plastering or other types of work.
Working in construction as a dryliner would suit someone who enjoys physical work, lifting and moving panels into place. They often use ladders or a small scaffold for fitting a ceiling.
There are two stages to drylining; a fixing stage followed by a finishing stage.
Typical duties include:
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed dryliners set their own pay rates.
There are no set qualifications to become a dryliner but it helps to have Standard Grades/National 4 or 5s, GCSEs/Standard Grades A*- C in maths and English, or their equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate. These can be useful in the job but aren’t essential.
Employers such as construction companies and construction agencies will be more interested in those who have on-site experience. If you don’t have any, you can start out as a labourer before an employer trains you as a dryliner.
Otherwise, you can think about taking a college course to learn drylining, such as the Level 1, 2 & 3 Diplomas in Dry Lining.
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The UK construction industry will need an additional 55,480 specialist building operative roles (which includes dryliners) 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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