The plasterer is indispensable to most building sites – making walls and ceilings smooth and ready for decorating.
The Role
  • Being part of a small team, and doing either solid or fibrous plastering
  • Applying wet finishes to surfaces and putting protective coverings such as pebble-dashing on external walls
  • Mixing and applying different kinds of plaster to inside walls and ceilings
  • Creating ornamental plasterwork (such as ceiling roses and cornices) using a mixture of plaster and short fibres shaped with moulds and casts
  • Newly trained plasterers can earn in the region of £19,000 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience plasterers can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000
  • Senior plasterers can earn in excess of £35,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed plasterers set their own pay rates.
Qualifications & Training
There are no set qualifications to become a plasterer, but employers usually expect four GCSEs grades 9-4 (A* - C), or the Scottish or Welsh equivalent. A common way into plastering is through an apprenticeship scheme with a plastering firm. The range of apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market and the types of skills employers need from their workers. If you cannot get on to an apprenticeship, there are college courses where you can study a qualification such as Level 1,2 & 3 Diploma in Plastering.