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Last Updated: March, 2014
|* 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.|
Fix adverts or posters on to billboards, hoardings and mounted display units as well as digital displays and smaller adverts in public places and bus shelters.
Bill posters, sometimes known as bill fixers or stickers, put up advertising posters onto hoardings or billboards. The posters are printed in sections and delivered to the depot, where the bill posters/fixers may be involved in preparing them for display. The sections of the posters have to be put in order, ready for fixing, and rolled in water so that they remain supple. Rolls are numbered and marked up with the client's name.
Bill posters/fixers usually drive a van to transport the posters, ladders, tools, brushes and paste to the advertising hoarding sites. Working from ladders, bill posters/fixers strip old posters from the hoarding. They then paste up the board and brush the sheets of the poster into place with a long handled brush. It's important to make sure that there are no bubbles or wrinkles and that the sheets of the poster are matched up correctly.
Sometimes, bill posters/fixers stick posters onto advertising displays made up of three-sided aluminium slats that turn to show different posters on each side. This work is usually done on a frame in the workshop. The sheets are stuck on to static slats to make up the poster and, once it is dry, cuts are made between the slats to allow rotation.
Other work done by bill posters includes maintaining advertising panels - removing graffiti from them, painting the frames and repairing them.
To work as a bill poster/fixer, you must be able to work from ladders. You should be well co-ordinated and fit with good balance and a head for heights. Ladder work, bending and stretching is physically demanding.
This job suits those who take pride in their work and like to see a job through from start to finish. You must work neatly and carefully to match the separate sections of a poster. You will also work alone for much of the time so you should be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised.
|Organisation:||National Employment Rights Authority|
|Address:||Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow|
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