Scaffolders erect and dismantle temporary metal structures, usually around buildings, which allow other construction trades to carry out their jobs safely.
- Newly trained scaffolders can earn in the region of £12,500 - £23,000
- Trained with experience scaffolders can earn in the region of £30,000 - £32,000
- Senior/master crafts scaffolders can earn in the region of £33,000+
- Self-employed scaffolders set their own pay rates
Salaries will depend on your location, employer and the amount of overtime worked.
Qualifications and Training
There are no formal requirements to become a trainee scaffolder but it helps to have Standard Grades or National 4 or 5s, GCSEs in English and maths at grades A* - C or equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate..
Employers such as construction companies and construction agencies are keen to see some on-site experience. If you don’t have any, you could work as a scaffolding labourer to start with. Your employer might then train you as a scaffolder.
You may also be able to sign up to one of the many apprenticeships available. These include an 11-week training programme completed over a two-year period. This earns you the CISRS Scaffolders card, a Construction Diploma Level 2, NVQ Level 2, Functional Skills Level 1 and a Health and Safety Test (Essential Skills in Wales).