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A Floorlayer is a trained craftsperson skilled in laying floorcoverings and floor finishes.


Average salaries are in the region of £14,000.00 to £30,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

A floorlayer is a trained craftsperson skilled in laying floorcoverings and floor finishes.

What they do

He or she measures, marks, cuts, shapes and installs floor finishes - mainly by hand, although some finishes like wood laminate or resin require the use of power tools. 

Floor finishes are laid in buildings of every description from homes to commercial and industrial buildings. 

Typical duties include:

  • Measuring up floor space
  • Working out the materials needed
  • Moving furniture and doors out of the way
  • Getting rid of old flooring
  • Preparing the base and laying sub-flooring where necessary
  • Installing the final floor finish

There are four types of role – domestic floorlayers and carpet fitters work in people’s homes, a commercial floor layer works in offices, shops, hotels, schools, hospitals, cinemas and so on, whereas a resin floorlayer works in both industrial and commercial buildings.

Domestic Floorlayers 

Domestic Floorlayers fit carpets, vinyls, tiles, laminates or solid timber floors in flats and houses. 

Carpet fitters

Carpet fitters have a similar role to floor layers and also work in people's homes and in commercial buildings installing textile floor coverings. 

Both domestic floorlayers and carpet fitters will clean, smooth and seal the bare floor before gluing or nailing new floor coverings into place. This may involve stretching carpet over spiked gripper rods and taping or heat-sealing it (they spray or wax some floors to protect them), then replacing furniture and re-hanging doors.

Commercial Floorlayers work on large floor areas providing the opportunity to work on a huge variety of projects. They will clean, smooth and prepare the subfloor with smoothing compounds if required and then use a range of materials including welded sheet vinyl, laminates, solid timber, carpet, carpet tiles or safety flooring in places such as offices, shops, hotels, cinemas, schools and hospitals. Their tasks are similar to those of domestic floorlayers, but they will often work with a contracts manager and other trades on-site, they may also use different products to create walkways and other features.

Resin Floorlayers and operatives mix and lay seamless resin flooring systems to provide an attractive floor finish which is durable and wear resistant.  Resin flooring is extremely tough; it provides good impact, chemical and thermal shock resistance and is widely used in industrial environments such as factories, warehouses, food processing units, aircraft hangers etc. This type of flooring is also used in the commercial sector such as retail units, car showrooms, hospitals, education buildings, kitchens, museums and car parks.  Some resin flooring systems are suitable to be laid outdoors.  Screed floor layers mix and apply cement like screeds to produce a surface onto which the final floor finish is laid.   Sometimes these are polished with specialist equipment to provide the final floor finish. 

The work can be indoors or outdoors and sometimes involves evening and weekend hours to fit around a client’s business.

Hours & Salary:

  • Newly trained floor layers can earn in the region of £14,000 - £16,000
  • Trained with experience floor layers can earn in the region of £16,000 - £28,000
  • Senior or master floor layers can earn in the region of £28,000 - £33,000
  • Your construction salary will typically range depending on location and overtime
  • Self-employed floor layers set their own pay rates

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


 

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Case Study

Jamie O'Brien is a floor layer with Puma Floors

What do you do?

I mainly fit various types of flooring that have been requested by the customer. I like to see a satisfied customer when I have completed my work and know that I have done a good job.

How did you get started?

I learned my trade straight after school and have carried on in the industry ever since.

What do you like about your job?

There is great variety in my role and I’m always learning new things and working in different places. I’m not stuck in an office and I get to see new places and meet different people. Each job is different and there are lots of new materials to work with.

What skills do you have?

I have developed lots of skills since I started working in construction. The main ones are mathematics and also knife skills. I use maths quite a lot in this job and I know I have definitely improved.

Proudest career moment?

I’m very proud that I have been in constant employment since the day I left school. Since I joined this industry I have always had work and consider myself to be very fortunate.

What will you be doing in 10 years?

I think I will still be laying floors! I am happy and content in my job.

Advice on how to get into construction?

Do it!


 

Calum Gillies is an Apprentice Floorlayer with Islay Flooring and Home Furniture. He is also the winner of the Contract Flooring Journal and Contract Flooring Association 2016 Apprentice of the Year competition.  

What do you do? 

In my job I get to fit a wide variety of different types of flooring and get to see lots of different types of jobs. I like to make sure that my work is to a high standard, so that not only are my bosses happy with my work, but the clients are satisfied that the work has been done to a high standard. 

How did you get started? 

I started flooring when I was 18; it wasn't my first job but my previous job was only seasonsal. So when I heard that a local company were looking to take on an apprentice, I approached them and asked about the job. They got back to me with an offer of a month's trial work experience, which I took and found that I really enjoyed the work. 

What do you like about your job?

One of my favourite things about my job is that you are never stuck in the same place for too long. Every job has a different feel to it, and some can be more challenging than others, so you're always learning. 

What skills do you have? 

I would say good knife skills which only comes with practice and since I have been in this job, my mathematics has definitely improved. I also have good people skills, and I'm always very polite with customers and understand their needs. 

What's your proudest career moment? 

Being the winner of the Contract Flooring Journal and Contract Flooring Association's 'Apprentice of the Year' prize. 

Where do you see yourself in ten years' time? 

Hopefully still working happily in the flooring industry. 

Any advice for someone thinking about a career in construction? 

My advice would be to contact company owners directly and to show enthusiasm and a keen attitude to the job. 

 

 

Qualifications & Training

There are no formal qualification requirements to begin a career as a Floorlayer however the following would be useful:

  • England and Wales - Good GCSE grades in English/Welsh and Maths
  • Scotland - Standard grade or National 4 or 5 in English, Maths and a Technology subject

Maths skills are particularly important for measuring floor areas and calculating material requirements with minimal wastage.

Some organisations may require you to take an aptitude test before entry.

Most Floorlayers start out by joining a company as an apprentice and training on the job.

Construction Apprentices in England and Wales will work towards an NVQ Level 2 or 3 in Floorcovering.

In Scotland a Modern Apprentice, will generally work towards a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 3 in Floorcovering, to achieve this qualification you must be registered with SBATC and complete a ‘skills test’ towards the end of a fixed time-served period. Find out more at World of Work.

For Resin Flooring, there are three Specialist Apprenticeship Programmes delivered by FeRFA, leading to an NVQ Level 2 Diploma.  These are:

  • In Situ Flooring: Resin
  • In Situ Flooring: Screeds
  • Prepare and Profile Substrates

Start your search for an apprenticeship

Find an apprenticeship in Scotland
Find apprenticeships in Wales

 Other routes

Other routes into floorlaying are:

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites you may find useful: 

Contract flooring journal (for a list of companies you can contact directly)

Indeed

Total Jobs

 

The number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary daily, as these are external websites. Check regularly to see new opportunities as they are posted.

 

Career trends and forecasts

25,280 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 25,280 floorers (which includes floor layer) 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 the North West, Greater London and South East.

 

 

 

 

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