Scaffolders erect and dismantle temporary metal structures, usually around buildings, which allow other construction trades to carry out their jobs safely.
The Role
  • Unloading scaffolding equipment at the site
  • Putting up the scaffolding poles (standards) and attaching them to the horizontal tubes (ledgers)
  • Fixing the scaffolding to the buildings or structures
  • Laying planks (battens) for workers to walk on
  • Fixing guard rails and safety netting and take them down after the work is done
  • Carrying out scaffolding operations including setting base plates (that stop the upright poles slipping)
  • Leading, supervising and taking part in creating different kinds of platforms, from simple scaffolding (built of wooden planks and metal poles) to complex structures including suspended scaffold, cantilever drop and temporary roofs
  • Newly trained scaffolders can earn in the region of £19,000 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience scaffolders can earn in the region of £25,000 - £40,000
  • Senior scaffolders can earn in the region of £40,000 - £50,000
  • Self-employed scaffolders set their own pay rates
Salaries will depend on your location, employer and the amount of overtime worked.
Qualifications & Training
There are no formal requirements to become a trainee scaffolder but it helps to have Standard Grades or National 4 or 5s, GCSEs in English and maths at grades 9-4 (A* - C) or equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate.. Employers such as construction companies and construction agencies are keen to see some on-site experience. If you don’t have any, you could work as a scaffolding labourer to start with. Your employer might then train you as a scaffolder. You may also be able to sign up to one of the many apprenticeships available.