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Advertising Installer/Bill Poster Profile

Advertising Installer/Bill Poster Profile

Introduction

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 an Advertising Installer/Bill Poster. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Advertising Installer/Bill Poster
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Advertising Installer/Bill Poster Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Advertising installers/bill posters fix posters or banners on hoardings, the sides of buildings, mounted display units, bus and underground train panels, and in shopping centres and other public places, usually as part of a team. They have to pay great attention to health and safety issues and use ropes, harnesses and access gear for work at heights. Advertising installers work for installation companies or are self-employed.

They usually work around 40 hours a week, sometimes with early morning starts and late finishes. They regularly travel to different advertising sites and locations. The majority of work is outdoors, but some work is inside, eg in shopping centres. Protective overalls are usually worn for pasting posters and warm clothing is required for high-level work.

Salaries range from around £10,000 for a trainee installer, to £25,000 or more for a highly experienced installer.

An advertising installer/bill poster should:

• be physically fit and strong, with good balance and a head for heights
• have normal colour vision and be able to pay attention to detail
• be efficient and careful
• have a thorough knowledge of health and safety issues
• work well as part of a team
• be prepared to work flexible and often long hours, in all weathers.

Companies employing advertising installers are based throughout the UK, usually in or near major cities. Self-employed installers must be prepared to travel to contracts in different locations in order to make a full-time living.

There are no formal academic requirements for the job. Most employers require applicants to be at least 18 years of age, physically fit and able to drive. There is no upper age limit to become an advertising installer.

New installers are usually given on-the-job training by their company. The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) run Level 1 and 2 Technician and Level 3 Safety Supervisor courses for installers working at heights with rope, harnesses and access gear. The Outdoor Advertising Association (OAA) is introducing a new training scheme for advertising installers.

Promotion opportunities sometimes occur in companies, to supervisor/team leader or, with additional training, to a broader role, eg project manager. Self-employed installers' progress depends on becoming established and working to a consistently high standard.

What does the role encounter?

Advertising installers/bill posters fix advertising posters or banners on hoardings, the sides of buildings, street furniture, in wall or floor mounted display units, on panels on buses and underground trains, in shopping centres and in other public places. They also fix metal faces in revolving tri-vision units that change every few minutes to display a different advert.

They work for advertising installation companies, who obtain business from advertising agencies or individual companies wishing to advertise a product or event. Some advertising installers are self-employed.

Advertising on banners and high hoardings or buildings, can mean working up to hundreds of feet off the ground. Work is usually undertaken as part of a team. Installers fix steel structures to support banners or poster sites if there is no permanent hoarding already in place. Ropes, harnesses and access gear are used to climb high structures and those involved must hold the necessary industrial rope access qualifications.

Even on low-level sites, it is important for advertising installers to pay great attention to health and safety.

Installers fixing advertising posters have to:

• clean surfaces/sites, removing all traces of the previous posters
• prepare surfaces with fresh paste and smooth new posters in place, using their hands and wet brushes
• firmly brush over posters to remove any wrinkles or air bubbles
• wash down the whole board to remove excess paste.
• Very large posters come in sections, so each sheet is individually fixed and matched together to form the full advert.

Installers also look after sites and display units, and the areas around them. They may need to clean hoardings or display units, repair paintwork, strim surrounding grass and collect litter. It is a mobile job, travelling with all necessary equipment from site to site. Jobs can last from a day to several weeks, according to the amount of advertising to be installed and the locations involved.

What type of hours will I have to work?

Advertising installers/bill posters usually work around 40 hours a week. They often work flexible hours, sometimes with early morning starts and late finishes in areas that are busy with traffic and/or people during the day. Overtime work is sometimes required to complete projects.

Installers travel regularly to different advertising sites and locations, so a driving licence is necessary. They may have to stay away from home when working on large contracts.

Much of the work is outdoors, in all weathers, although rope work cannot be done in high winds or rain. Work is also carried out from ladders and painters' cradles. Some display units are indoors or under cover, eg in shopping centres or train stations.

Cold weather clothing is worn for high-level work. Protective overalls are usually worn when pasting posters. Ropes, harnesses and access gear for work at heights must comply with the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) guidelines and be checked and tested regularly.

What level of salary and benefits are there?

These figures are only a guide, as actual rates of pay may vary, depending on the employer and where people live.

Trainee advertising installers usually earn around £10,000 a year.
With experience, installers can earn between £11,000 and £15,000.
Very experienced installers or team leaders can earn up to £25,000 or more.

What type of skills will I need?

An advertising installer/bill poster should:

• be physically fit and strong
• have good balance and a head for heights
• be efficient and careful in their work
• have manual skills and be able to pay attention to detail
• have normal colour vision
• have a strong awareness of others in the team
• have a thorough knowledge of relevant health and safety issues
• be prepared to work flexible and sometimes long hours, in all weathers.

What type of training will I receive?

Advertising installation companies usually provide on-the-job training for employees. Trainees use training hoardings, practice hanging posters and unloading/reloading wall and floor mounted displays. They start work under the supervision of an established installer, before gaining enough experience to work unsupervised. The training period lasts up to six months.

IRATA Level 1 Technician courses cover the basics of industrial rope access use and health and safety requirements. Level 2 Technician training provides additional rope access skills and health and safety knowledge. Level 3 Safety Supervisor training covers detailed health and safety aspects, as well as supervisory skills.

All IRATA courses last five days. Personal protective equipment is provided, as well as a training manual for future reference.

OAA can provide details of the content and structure of their new training scheme for advertising installers.

IRATA has a membership scheme and provides information on ongoing skills development opportunities.

Career Progression:

Promotion opportunities may occur for advertising installers/bill posters working for companies, to supervisor or, with additional training, to a wider role in the company, eg project manager. Some installers set up their own advertising installation companies.

Self-employed advertising installers' progress depends on becoming established in the field and working to a consistently high standard.

Where can I find further information?

Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA), Association House, 99 West Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7EN. 01252 739150. Website: www.irata.org

Outdoor Advertising Association (OAA), Summit House, 27 Sale Place, London W2 1YR. 020 7973 0315. Website: www.oaa.org.uk


Other Useful Advertising Installer/Bill Poster Work Information

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