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Painters and decorators

Average National Salaries (2017)

Age 20

£14,560 pile of coins

Age 35

£27,040 pile of coins

Age 50

£29,640 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £18,200

What does this career do?

Those working in this unit group apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other protective and decorative materials to interior and exterior walls and surfaces, paint designs on wood, glass, metal, plastics and other materials, and stain, wax and french polish wood surfaces by hand.

Typical tasks

  • erects working platform or scaffolding up to five metres in height
  • prepares surfaces by cleaning, sanding and filling cracks and holes with appropriate filler
  • applies primer, undercoat and finishing coat(s) using brush, roller, or spray equipment
  • mixes adhesive or removes self-adhesive backing and positions covering material on wall, matching up patterns where appropriate and removing wrinkles and air bubbles by hand or brush
  • stains, waxes and french polishes wood surfaces by hand.

Current entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements, though GCSEs/S grades are advantageous. Entry is typically through an apprenticeship or traineeship approved by ConstructionSkills leading to an NVQ/SVQ in General Construction at Level 3.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2018)
Female
(2017)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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