Dryliners create the walls and rooms in a building. They also hide pipes and wires, create space for insulation and smooth out uneven surfaces during renovation work.
The Role
  • Measuring and cutting plasterboard to the right size and angle
  • Fixing boards to ceiling joists (metal or timber frames) with special studs
  • Cutting boards to fit around doorways
  • Taping over seal (either by hand or with a taping machine)
  • Skimming - applying a thin layer of plaster over the tape and boards
  • Sanding down ready for painting and decorating
  • Drylining methods are used to divide large areas into smaller spaces (creating the rooms or corridors) and this role can be combined with traditional plastering or other types of work
  • A predominantly physical role
  • Newly trained dryliners can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience dryliners can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Senior or master dryliners can earn in the region of £30,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed dryliners set their own pay rates.
Qualifications & Training
There are no set qualifications to become a dryliner but it helps to have Standard Grades/National 4 or 5s, GCSEs/Standard Grades 9-4 (A*- C) in maths and English, or their equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate. These can be useful in the job but aren’t essential. Employers such as construction companies and construction agencies will be more interested in those who have on-site experience. If you don’t have any, you can start out as a labourer before an employer trains you as a dryliner. Otherwise, you can think about taking a college course to learn drylining, such as the Level 1, 2 & 3 Diplomas in Dry Lining.