The role of painter and/or decorator involves applying paint or other coatings to a variety of surfaces, made of wood, plastic, plaster and other materials. Artistic flair, a head for heights, and good hand eye co-ordination are desirable qualities.
The recruitment agencies listed on this page possess expertise in matching suitable candidates with painter roles across the United Kingdom.
While there are no specific qualification requirements for this role, employers do look for experience. Those starting out will probably be hired as a mate to assist a more experienced painter.
Alternatively , those interested in such a career could study one of a number of relevant courses, such as a City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills (Painting and Decorating), or a CSkills Intermediate and Advanced Construction Award (Decorative Occupations " Painting and Decorating).
An Apprenticeship is another route into the profession, with a number of GCSEs normally required, including English, maths, design and technology. Other related qualifications such as a BTEC Introductory Certificate and Diploma in Construction may also be accepted.
Most painters work a normal 9 to 5, 40 hour week, although overtime may be required on occasion.
Salaries start at between £13,500 and £16,500 per annum. Average pay is between £17,000 and £21,500 a year, and might rise to £23,000 a year if a painter has specialist skills or enters a supervisory role. Self-employed painters can decide on their own charges.