Wall and floor tiler

tiler builder construction worker

Career outlook for wall and floor tiler

Figures and forecasts for roles at the same level, which require similar skills and qualifications.

Average UK salary

£29,120

Currently employed in Scotland

1,500

Average UK salary

£29,120

Currently employed in Scotland

1,500

"LMI for All" supplies our salary and employment status information. "Oxford Economics" supplies job forecasts and employment figures.

Due to COVID-19 the jobs market is constantly changing. Some of the information may not reflect the current situation.

What's it like?

You would cover walls or floors with tiles in places such as kitchens, bathrooms, shops, hotels and restaurants. Your work would make rooms more attractive and pleasant to be in, as well as protecting their surfaces against water damage. 

You would:

  • Mark out areas and choose the right amount of tiles and paste
  • Repair or remove old surfaces
  • Cut tiles using different tools
  • Prepare surfaces with plaster, sand or cement
  • Fix tiles and apply grout
  • Buy materials and look after budgets
  • Talk to customers about their ideas

You would learn to work with many materials including ceramics, glass, terracotta, stone, granite and marble.

It's also possible to specialise in a particular field, for example swimming pools or mosaic walls.

Working conditions

Hours

You would normally work between 37 and 45 hours a week, Monday to Friday, although you may need to work overtime to meet contract deadlines.

Environment

Tiling can be physically demanding and often involves lifting heavy loads. You would wear protective safety clothing when working with adhesives and grout.

Travel

You would travel from site to site, and some contracts may involve overnight stays away from home. You would usually transport your equipment in a van.

UK employment status

Full-time

32%

Part-time

0%

Self employed

68%

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  • Time management
  • Managing resources
  • Implementing ideas
  • Developing a plan
  • Attention to detail
  • Verbal communication
  • Observation
  • Designing
  • Creative
  • Working with numbers

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

You would do a Modern Apprenticeship leading to a relevant Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Wall and Floor Tiling (SVQ level 3) and registration with the Scottish Building Apprenticeship Training Council (SBATC).

Usually there are no formal qualifications required to enter this apprenticeship but most employers value a good general education. You usually have to take an aptitude test as part of the entry process.

Useful subjects

  • Maths (required by many courses and employers)
  • Practical technologies subjects (required by many courses and employers)
  • English
  • Science subjects 

You will also need

You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent safety passport to train and work on site. You must pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme. 

Some employers would expect you to have some experience working as a labourer.

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show practical skills such as Skills for Work Construction Crafts (SCQF level 4/5).

A driving licence can be useful.