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Plasterer 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 Plasterer. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

Plasterers mix and apply different kinds of plaster to provide a finish to internal surfaces such as walls, floors and ceilings. They may also be involved with mixing and applying finishes for external walls using sand and cement, pebble-dash or stone-effect materials.

Jobs range from working on new-build housing or commercial developments, small-scale domestic extensions to repair and restoration of existing plasterwork. There are two main types of plastering work:

solid plastering - applying wet finishes to walls, ceilings and floors, or putting protective coverings such as pebble-dashing on external walls, using a range of hand tools and sometimes spraying equipment
fibrous plastering - making ornamental plasterwork such as ceiling roses, cornices, ornamental columns and architraves from a mixture of plaster and short fibres, often following drawings produced by an architect, artist or interior designer, using tools including moulds and casts. Some firms employ fibrous makers and fibrous fixers.
A third rapidly growing area often associated with plastering is drylining. Essentially, this is a generic term used to describe the construction of internal partitions using plasterboard or wallboard. Wall and floor partitions are constructed by fastening boards together onto a timber or metal frame ready for decorating. See also Ceiling Fixer.
On large projects, plasterers may work in teams on different sections of wall at the same time.

Hours and Environment

The usual working week is 39 hours, Monday to Friday, although overtime at weekends or evenings is common when deadlines must be met.

Solid plasterers and dryliners normally work indoors, but conditions can be cold and draughty. Fibrous plasterers are usually found in workshops, but sometimes visit sites. Plasterers may have to work at heights off ladders, platforms or scaffolding and protective clothing and headgear is normally required.

Plasterers travel from site to site to complete jobs and although not essential, a driving licence would be useful. Depending on the contract, they may have to work away from home for periods of time.

Skills and Interests

To be a plasterer you should:

  • have good co-ordination and practical ability
  • be physically fit
  • be able to work quickly and as part of a team
  • have numeracy skills for calculating surface areas to be covered and volumes of materials needed
  • have creative ability for fibrous plastering and other decorative work
  • be aware of health and safety issues.


There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may look for some GCSEs/S grades in subjects such as maths, English, and design and technology, or equivalent vocational qualifications such as a Foundation/Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQs in Construction and the Built Environment.

There are a number of entry-level awards offered by colleges including City & Guilds Certificate in Basic Plastering Skills (6101), NCFE Basic Plastering, OCN Basic Plastering, ABC Certificate in Plastering, that can be used as a stepping stone into the trade. In addition, for those outside the industry, there may be the option to undertake a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Intermediate/Advanced Construction Award at a further education college. Check with CITB-ConstructionSkills and local colleges for details.

To gain entry to a training scheme or apprenticeship, you may have to pass a selection test.

A background in more general construction as a labourer or trades person, such as a bricklayer, may be helpful in gaining an initial position with a company, although this is not essential.


Training is normally provided on the job with day or block release at local colleges or training providers leading to NVQ/SVQ qualifications.

There are NVQs/SVQs in Plastering at levels 1-3 available for those working within the industry. Units cover areas such as: producing internal and external plastering finishes; applying and fixing dry lining boards; producing castings; fixing and repair of fibrous components; and contributing to efficient working practices.

A three-year Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS) is open to people in England and Wales, or a four-year apprenticeship in Scotland registered with the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council. Contact the CITB for details.

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 through the CITB. Contact your local Jobcentre Plus for details.

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).


Plasterers work for specialist plastering firms, building contractors, local authorities and other public organisations. Many are self-employed and work as sub-contractors, working as ''labour only'' with materials supplied by the building contractor. There may be opportunities to work abroad on contracts.

It is possible to progress to technician level and then into construction management.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) agrees minimum wage rates annually.

Salaries can range from £17,000 to £25,000 a year for qualified plasterers.

Overtime and shift allowances will increase earnings, while self-employed plasterers negotiate their own rates.

Further information

Bircham Newton
King''s Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577

Other Useful Plastering Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Plastering job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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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

Details of other Plastering Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
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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