Floor Layer


Floor Layers are trained in laying floor coverings and floor finishes.

The Role

  • 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
  • Domestic Floor layers and carpet fitters work in people’s homes
  • Commercial Floor layers work in offices, shops, hotels, schools etc
  • Resin Floor layers work in both industrial and commercial buildings


  • 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. 

Qualifications and Training

There are no formal qualification requirements to begin a career as a Floor Layer. However, GCSE grades A* - C in English/Welsh and Maths are highly beneficial. Maths skills are particularly important for measuring floor areas and calculating material requirements with minimal wastage.

There are several courses that enable you to enter a career in Floor Laying:

Most Floor Layers 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.

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


A Day in the life of...

Danny Malone

Danny Malone is a Resin Floor Layer for Coatech Ltd in Rhyl, Wales.

Read moreabout Danny Malone

Progression Opportunities

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Next Steps


Check out the latest Floor layer vacancies: 

As these are external websites, the number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary. 

Check daily to see new opportunities as they are posted!

Find out more

For information on the Floor layer role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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