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Ceiling fixers fit suspended ceilings in buildings to cover up pipework, wiring, and heating and air conditioning systems. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £33,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 39 per week

1. Entry requirements

Some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths and design and technology.

Experience as a labourer or tradesperson could give you an advantage.

You'll need a reasonable level of fitness.

Although not essential you could take a college course in a subject like building crafts or construction.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to follow technical plans and instructions
  • practical skills
  • the ability to work accurately and neatly
  • maths skills
  • time management skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • setting out, cutting and fixing aluminium frameworks
  • checking frameworks are horizontal, using spirit, laser or water levels
  • fitting ceiling panels to frameworks
  • cutting and shaping panels to fit around lights and other fixtures

You’ll use hand and power tools and work from access platforms, ladders or scaffolding.

You might also fit insulation materials into ceiling spaces before installing panels, or fit partitioning, dry lining, or raised access flooring.

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £33,000

Your salary could increase with working overtime, shifts, or bonuses. 

If you’re self-employed, you’ll set your own rates.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 39 hours a week but overtime, including weekend working, may be available. 

Temporary contracts are also common.

You’ll be based indoors, often working at height and sometimes in cramped and confined spaces.

For most jobs, you’ll wear protective equipment.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into supervisory or site management. 

You could set up your own business.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018