Wall and floor tiler

Wall and floor tiler

Wall and floor tilers cover walls, floors and surfaces with tiles


The Role

  • Tilers are skilled at ‘setting out’ – working out how many tiles and how much adhesive they’ll need for a particular area. They make the surface to be tiled nice and smooth and cut tiles to a certain size or shape with hand-cutters or bench-mounted tools.
  • Tilers must be patient and precise, especially when tiles have to go along edges and around corners or pipes. 
  • Decorating and protecting floors and walls using all kinds of tiles (including ceramic, clay, slate, marble and glass)
  • Working on new buildings
  • Renovating existing places
  • Laying intricate mosaic tiles

 


Salary

  • Newly trained wall and floor tilers can earn in the region of £17,000 - £23,000
  • Trained with experience wall and floor tilers can earn in the region of £22,000 - £28,000
  • Senior/master crafts wall and floor tilers can earn in the region of £28,000 - £36,000

Salaries depend on location, employer, level of responsibility, and any overtime you may do.


Qualifications and Training

Wall and floor tilers often study a range of subjects at school before deciding on their career. There are no formal requirements to hold qualifications but employers often want you to have GCSEs (grades A-C) in maths, English and design and technology, or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC, WJEC in Construction, Welsh Baccalaureate. This is because you have to work to precise measurements and need excellent customer service skills.

Employers often look for people with some on-site experience. If you haven’t worked in construction before, you could work as a labourer to start with. Your employer may then train you in wall and floor tiling. Many people start their construction careers on an apprenticeship in wall and floor tiling with a building or tiling business.

There is a level 2 Wall and Floor Tiling Apprenticeship available in England and Wales.

In Scotland, the normal entry route is through a Modern Apprenticeship. You do not always need formal qualifications, but Standard grades or National 4 or 5s in English, maths and a technological subject are helpful.

Some employers would expect you to have some experience working as a labourer.

You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent. You must pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme.

With on-the-job and off-the-job training, you would work towards Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Wall and Floor Tiling (Construction) Level 3.

Progression Opportunities

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Vacancies

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Find out more

For information on the Wall and floor tiler role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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