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£14,040 Average salary at age 20
£30,680 Average Salary
44 Average hours per week


Plasterers apply plaster and cement mixtures to walls and ceilings, fix fibrous sheets and cast and fix ornamental plasterwork to the interior or exterior of buildings.

Main Tasks

  • Mixes, or directs the mixing of, plaster to desired consistency;
  • Applies and smoothes one or more coats of plaster and produces a finished surface, using hand tools or mechanical spray;
  • Pours liquid plaster into mould to cast ornamental plaster work;
  • Measures, cuts, installs and secures plaster board and/or ornamental plasterwork to walls and ceilings;
  • Covers and seals joints between boards and finishes surface;
  • Checks surface level using line, spirit level and straight edge.


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.

UK Prospects

39000 Workforce Size
2.00% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
8907 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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