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Tiler/Fitter

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Education
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€13k > 36 
Tiler
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€13 - 36 
Related Information:
Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 22 - 36

The Construction Industry is governed by a Registered Employment Agreement (REA). The REA is a nationally negotiated deal which sets legally binding minimum rates of pay and conditions. All building workers are entitled to these benefits. It is unlawful to be paid less.

Rates for the Construction Industry

CRAFTSMEN:
01-Jan-08 €18.60
04-Feb-11 €17.21

CONSTRUCTION OPERATIVES (% of craft rate)
Grade A (Technical Operative) 97% €18.04 €16.69
Grade B (Skilled Operative) 91% €16.93 €15.66
Grade C (Semi-Skilled) 88% €16.37 €15.14
Grade D (Basic Operative) 80% €14.88 €13.77

Grade A:
Technical Operative Grade (97% of craft rate): this grade includes skilled operatives with four years’ experience and certification-such as banksmen, crane drivers, scaffolders, steel fixers. It also includes Heavy Plant Operatives.

Grade B:
Skilled Operatives (91% of craft rate): includes medium plant operatives, teleport drivers, pipe layers, basic ticket scaffolders and craft-persons attendants.

Grade C:
Semi-skilled Operative (88% of craft rate): construction operatives with a minimum of one year’s experience.

Grade D:
Basic Operative (80% of craft rate): construction operatives with less than one year’s experience who are capable of carrying out basic general labouring requirements, including occasional operation of small plant items.
Data Source(s):
SOLAS / REA Rates

Last Updated: November, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Setting out tiles, marking grid lines and levelling datum lines and tile batons. It also involves fixing ceramic tiles to walls, floors and steps.


The Work header image

The work includes setting out tiles, marking grid lines, and levelling datum lines and tile batons. It also involves fixing ceramic tiles to walls, floors and steps and laying vinyl tiles, sheet materials.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Cut and shape tile to fit around obstacles and into odd spaces and corners, using hand and power cutting tools.

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Lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural and floor designs.

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Align and straighten tile using levels, squares and straightedges.

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Determine and implement the best layout to achieve a desired pattern.

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Measure and mark surfaces to be tiled, following blueprints.

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Finish and dress the joints and wipe excess grout from between tiles, using damp sponge.

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Cut, surface, polish and install marble and granite or install pre-cast terrazzo, granite or marble units.

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Mix, apply, and spread plaster, concrete, mortar, cement, mastic, glue or other adhesives to form a bed for the tiles, using brush, trowel and screed.

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Apply mortar to tile back, position the tile and press or tap with trowel handle to affix tile to base.

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Level concrete and allow to dry.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment:  Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a Floor and Wall Tiler you need to be an accurate and careful worker. You must be able to take accurate measurements and do simple calculations. You need good practical skills and you must be able to use cutting tools.  
 
You need to be physically fit, as the work involves carrying, kneeling and bending, and have good interpersonal skills.


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