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plasterer career overview


Plasterers mix and apply plaster onto internal walls and ceilings to create a surface that is ready for decorating. There are two main types of plastering:

  • Solid plastering involves applying wet plaster to walls and ceilings to form a flat, smooth surface. 
  • Fibrous plastering involves making or repairing decorative plaster mouldings, such as cornices or ceiling roses, using plaster reinforced with fibre. These specialist plasterers may follow drawings and use moulds or casts. 
Increasingly, plasterers carry out aspects of dry lining on site. 
Plasterers normally work normal office hours, Monday to Friday, with occasional late nights or weekend work. Solid plasterers mainly work indoors in occupied buildings and on new building site developments. Fibrous plasterers are usually based in workshops but may make site visits. Plastering is physically demanding, involving stretching to reach ceilings, bending and kneeling. They may have to work at heights, from ladders, scaffolding and mobile access towers.
Plasterers should be:
  • practical and methodical
  • physically fit and strong
  • able to work quickly and accurately
  • team players
  • responsible and customer focused
  • good at problem solving. 
Salaries range from between £8,639 and £15,270 a year for apprentices and trainee plasterers to £28,000, or more, with experience.

Useful websites

Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors
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