Painters and Decorators

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.


New workers

New workers start around £15,100. Normal pay is £27,921 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £39,914.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 40,474 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Stains, waxes and French polishes wood surfaces by hand.

  • 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.

  • Applies primer, undercoat and finishing coat(s) using brush, roller, or spray equipment.

  • Prepares surfaces by cleaning, sanding and filling cracks and holes with appropriate filler.

  • Erects working platform or scaffolding up to five metres in height.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Painting

  • Construction

  • Exterior Painting

  • Interior Painting

  • Refurbishment

  • Woodworking

  • Plastering

  • Furniture Cleaning

  • Asbestos Awareness

  • Carpentry

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Customer Service

  • English Language

  • Strong Work Ethic

  • Time Management

  • Physical Stamina

  • Teamwork

  • Self-Motivation

  • Management

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.