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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 Wall & Floor Tiler. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

Wall and floor tilers work on jobs ranging from domestic kitchens and bathrooms to industrial premises, swimming pools, shops, hotels and offices. They work with a variety of materials including ceramics, terracotta, stone, granite, marble and adhesives, choosing the most appropriate to match the proposed use of the area, or working to technical plans drawn up by the architect or builder.

Tasks include setting out an area to calculate the required amount of tiles and adhesives; using hand-cutters or machine tools to cut tiles to size and shape; fixing wall or floor tiles then applying the grout before finishing the area. If the project involves restoration work, tilers may have to repair or remove and level-off the previous surface before setting out.

On large projects tilers work in teams. Most tilers will work on floors and walls to increase employment opportunities. Some tilers specialise in one or more areas of complex or difficult work, such as mosaics.

Hours and Environment

Tilers normally work 39 hours a week, Monday to Friday, although unsocial hours may be required to meet deadlines for contracts.

Tilers usually work in a variety of locations, and spend a lot of time bending, kneeling or crouching and use adhesives and grouts for which personal protective equipment may be required.

The work can involve travelling, which may be local or further afield. It may be necessary to work away from home for periods of time, depending on the contract. A driving licence will be useful.

Skills and Interests

To be a tiler you should:

  • have practical skills and manual dexterity
  • be accurate and have a careful, methodical approach to work
  • have numerical skills for measuring and calculating quantities of materials
  • be creative and able to appreciate design, for producing or matching patterns
  • be generally fit, for bending and carrying tools and materials
  • be able to work as part of a team and alone
  • have a pleasant manner for dealing with clients in their own homes or offices
  • be able to keep paperwork and accounts up to date if self-employed.


There are no set entry requirements, as most people are employed as trainees. Some employers may look for some GCSEs/S grades, or equivalent including English and maths. A background in more general construction as a labourer or trades person, such as a plasterer, may be helpful in gaining an initial position, although this is not essential.

There may be the option to undertake a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Intermediate Construction Award (Tiling) at a further education college. Check with CITB-ConstructionSkills and local colleges for details.

The Tile Association has a list of accredited training colleges around the country on its website. See contacts below for details.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority


Most training is based within the workplace. You can work towards the NVQs/SVQs in Wall and Floor Tiling at levels 2 and 3. This is usually done by combining training with assessment through an employer.

To achieve the NVQ you have to be assessed as competent in seven units including:

  • erecting and dismantling basic working platforms
  • setting out
  • preparing backgrounds/surfaces
  • positioning and fixing
  • repairs.

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).


Most tilers work for specialist tiling contractors who provide services to the construction industry, directly to businesses and individual householders. There may be opportunities to work abroad on contract.

With additional training, wall and floor tilers may progress to technician level or become supervisors or contract managers. There may also be options to train as an assessor on tiling training courses. Self-employment is a common option.

Annual Income

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

Qualified tilers can earn £16,995 a year.
Tilers with several years experience can earn up to £21,000.

Wage rates may be higher if bonuses, shift allowances and overtime are included.

Further information

CITB-Construction Skills
Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577

The Tile Association

Other Useful Wall & Floor Tiler Work Information

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