Job type

Ceiling fixer

£17k - £34k

Typical salary

42 – 44

Hours per week

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

More info

  • Requires the ability to work well with your hands, to be thorough and pay attention to detail and to have physical fitness and endurance.
  • This role will often require you to work at height and sometimes in cramped and confined spaces
  • Most jobs will require you to wear protective equipment

Ceiling fixers may install metal frame suspension and put up ceilings made of plasterboard or other materials.


  • Using hand and power tools and working from access platforms, ladders or scaffolding
  • Working from technical drawings to set out, cut and fix 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
  • Fitting insulation materials into ceiling spaces before installing panels and fitting partitioning, dry lining, or raised access flooring


You'll be based indoors, often working at height and sometimes in cramped and confined spaces. For most jobs, you'll wear protective equipment. Temporary and casual contracts are common.

You'll need

Ceiling fixers require the ability to work well with their hands, to be thorough and pay attention to detail and to have physical fitness and endurance.

You could apply directly to work as a ceiling fixer. 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 is useful but not essential for this role.

You'll need a reasonable level of fitness.

You could take a college course, which may help you to get a trainee job. Courses include level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills and level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations, also level 2 Diploma in Interior Systems or level 2 Diploma in Dry Lining.

You could also complete an intermediate apprenticeship in interior systems installation, which usually takes two years.

You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site.


Your salary could increase with working overtime, shifts, or bonuses. If you're self-employed, you'll set your own rates. With experience, you could move into supervisory or site management, or set up your own business.