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Tiler

Tilers tile walls and floors in kitchens, bathrooms, shops, hotels and restaurants.

Potential salary
£17,000 to £38,000
Working hours
42 to 44 a week
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • thinking and reasoning skills

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • marking out an area to estimate the amount of tiles and adhesive needed (known as setting out)
  • cutting tiles to size and shape with hand-cutters or bench-mounted tools
  • preparing surfaces by levelling off with plaster, sand or cement
  • fixing the tiles and applying grout before finishing off
  • repairing or removing the previous surface before the setting out stage
  • working with various building materials

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

You could work at a client's home, at a client's business or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be dusty, at height, noisy and physically demanding.

With experience and extra training, you could become a site supervisor, clerk of works or contract manager.

You could also work as a trainer and assessor on tiling courses or set up your own business.

You'll find more details about tiling careers and training from Go Construct and The Tile Association.

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