Dry liner

Ames taper
Construction and building

Career outlook for dry liner

Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland

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What's it like?

You would put up internal walls to divide a room, to hide pipes and wiring or to improve insulation.

Your work could also improve a room’s acoustics or smooth out uneven walls during renovation work.

You’d build the internal walls in houses, offices and shops using plasterboard panels. You might also install removable wall partitions, suspended ceilings and raised flooring.

There would be two stages in the work.

At the 'fixing’ stage, you would:

  • Follow technical diagrams to measure and cut the plasterboard to the right sizes and angles
  • Fix the panels to timber or metal frames - or ceiling joists - using special studs
  • Cut panels to fit around doorways
  • Cut openings for windows

To ‘finish’ the walls you would:

  • Seal joints with filler or adhesive
  • Tape over the seal by hand or with a taping machine
  • Apply a thin layer of plaster over the tape (skimming)
  • Sand the walls ready for painting and decorating

You’d need to follow building regulations and work safely.

Working conditions


You would normally work up to 40 hours a week. You may have to work evenings, nights or weekends on commercial contracts, to limit disruption to the client’s business.


The work could be physically demanding, as you would have to lift and move panels into place. You would work from ladders or a small scaffold when fitting a ceiling.


You would have to travel to each job. You may need a driving licence so you can transport your equipment in a van.

UK employment status





Self employed


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No formal qualifications are required but many entrants work towards a Modern Apprenticeship leading to relevant work-based experience and qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Interior Systems (Construction): Dry Lining (SVQ Level 2).

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • A practical technologies subject

Helpful to have

  • Qualifications that demonstrate an understanding of construction and practical skills, such as Skills for Work Construction Engineering (SCQF Level 3) or Construction Crafts (SCQF Level 4/5).  
  • Relevant work-based experience such as dry liners' assistant.
  • A driving licence can be useful.