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Floor Layer Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Floor Layer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Floor Layer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Floor Layer Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Floor layers work with many different types of materials: carpet and carpet tiles; vinyl; lino; plastic; rubber; wooden blocks or strips; cork sheet or tiles.

On each job they must choose the most suitable material for the environment and identified purpose. They then construct diagrams and follow a detailed plan to fit the new floor covering. This could involve removing and disposing of the old covering, choosing a foundation such as grippers to hold the new covering in place, and temporarily removing any obstructive objects such as furniture.

Some floor layers specialise in particular areas such as carpet laying or hardwoods.

Hours and Environment

Floor layers generally work indoors in a variety of places such as homes, offices, hospitals, schools and many other buildings. They may have to travel to specialist suppliers to pick up materials and tools.

Floor layers might have to work in an environment that is polluted by fumes. They also regularly use hazardous tools and machines, the use of which are governed by strict health and safety procedures.

If working on contract, work travelling long distances and staying away from home for short or long periods of time might be necessary.

Skills and Interests

To be a floor layer you should have:

  • a careful, methodical approach to planning your work
  • some mathematical ability for calculating quantities
  • manual skills and the ability to operate some machinery
  • an appreciation of art and design
  • agility and general physical fitness to cope with heavy materials
  • the ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team.


There are no set entry requirements, but employers may look for some GCSEs/S grades, or equivalent vocational qualifications such as a Foundation GNVQ/GSVQ Level I. Maths, English and technology subjects are useful for the parts of the job that involve measurements and calculations, and for theoretical training.

Entrants for apprenticeships or training schemes may have to pass a selection test.


You can train and gain vocational qualifications while you work. You will be taught practical skills and spend time off-site at a college or training centre for qualifications such as NVQs/SVQs.

A three-year Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS) is open to people aged 16-25 in England and Wales, or a four-year apprenticeship in Scotland registered with the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council. Entrants are registered by an employer and earn a wage at the same time as following a structured training programme. Training courses are offered at a number of local colleges involved with construction craft training. You can apply direct to the CITB, and they will refer you to a college and help you to find an employer to sponsor the course. If you already work for an employer, you can apply as soon as you have a place on an apprenticeship scheme.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

New Deal schemes may be available for people who have been unemployed for six months or more. These provide an allowance and training and can lead to a job and further training. Contact your local Jobcentre for details.


Most floor layers work for flooring contractors who provide services to the construction industry. Most flooring businesses are small, family-run firms. Self-employment is common in both the domestic and contracting sides of this industry.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Floor layers are normally paid according to nationally recommended industry rates.

Income for skilled workers is around £11,900 per year.
With experience floor layers may earn around £12,700.
Supervisors may earn around £14,500.

Floor layers may significantly increase their overall income with overtime and shift allowances which can vary from employer to employer. The self-employed negotiate their own rates.

Further information

Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577

Contract Flooring Association
4C St Marys Place
The Lace Market
Tel: 0115 941 1126

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

Other Useful Floor Layer Work Information

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Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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