As a tiler you would cover walls or floors with tiles, on jobs ranging from tiling a kitchen or bathroom, to fitting out a shop, hotel or restaurant. Some tilers also carry out specialist work, for instance on swimming pools and mosaic walls found in landscape gardening.

Day-to-Day Activities

  • marking out an area to estimate the amount of tiles and adhesive needed (known as setting out)
  • cutting tiles to size and shape with hand-cutters or bench-mounted tools
  • preparing surfaces by levelling off with plaster, sand or cement
  • fixing the tiles and applying grout before finishing off
  • repairing or removing the previous surface before the setting out stage
  • working with various building materials.

Technology Skills

  • Computer aided design CAD software: e.g. EasyCAD Iris 2D, TileGem
  • Customer relationship management CRM software: e.g. Salesforce software
  • Data base user interface and query software: e.g. Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor
  • Office suite software: e.g. Apple iWork, Google Drive, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office,
  • Project management software: e.g. Microsoft Project

Employment Prospects

  • 32,178 tilers are employed in the UK.
  • New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

Working Environment

  • 9 to 5
  • Freelance
  • Outdoors
  • Overtime
  • Hands-On

Time - Average of 46 hours per week.

Compare with the paid time worked by full-time employees in the UK.

Pay - Average of £570 per week.

Compare with the pay, excluding overtime, for full-time employees across the UK.


Route to Employment


  • Constructionand the Built Environment

Other Information

Besides the college and apprenticeship routes, you may be able to start as a site labourer and do further training on the job to qualify as a tiler. You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site.

Employability Skills Needed

Employability Skills Key:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Oral Communication
  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Written Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Analytical Skills
  • Organisation & Time Management

Interests Needed

Interests Key:

  • Realistic
  • Conventional
  • Artistic

Knowledge Needed

Knowledge Key:

  • Building and Construction
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mechanical
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Administration and Management

Abilities Needed

Abilities Key:

  • Visualization
  • Extent Flexibility
  • Near Vision
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Information Ordering
  • Trunk Strength
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Static Strength

Work Styles Needed

Work Styles Key:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Initiative

Technology Experience Needed

Technology Key:

  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Office suite software
  • Project management software

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