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€20k - €39k
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In Brief...

Builds scaffolding structure on building sites and at outdoor events using metal pipes and poles.


  • 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.
  • Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


  • 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.
  • Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

In Summary - Scaffolder

Career Sectors

Scaffolders typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Property Management & Auctioneering
Construction, Architecture & Property
Construction Management & Planning
Construction, Architecture & Property

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Further Information

The Work - Scaffolder

Scaffolders put up scaffolding or working platforms for construction workers to use when building, maintaining or repairing buildings and structures. Some also build stands for spectators at sports events and concerts.  
Scaffolding consists of metal tubes, connections and fixing fittings, and wooden or metal platforms. Horizontal and upright tubes are joined together with fittings to form a framework and positioned on the foundation timbers. The scaffold boards are placed on to the first level of tubing framework. Scaffolders repeat this process, using ladders for access, until they reach the required height. Finally, they remove their own ladders, leaving some in place to provide access to the different levels. They tie the ladders firmly into place. Scaffolders use scaffolding to erect semi permanent or permanent structures for spectator stands or stages.  
For interior work scaffolders usually construct a tower scaffold, using pieces that slot into each other. The tower is often placed on wheels and can be moved around. On large projects they also erect scaffolding inside for painting and decorating jobs.  
Scaffolders have to follow carefully the requirements of each job. For example, a stronger platform is needed by bricklayers, to support piles of bricks, than by painters and decorators. They also have to stick to strict safety regulations relating to the minimum size of working platforms and handrails. They also have to fit safety nets and guard rails as they work, for their own safety, and to protect people walking underneath the scaffolding.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.
  • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
  • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.
  • Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.
  • Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.
  • Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.
  • Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.
  • Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.
  • Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • 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.
  • Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Interests - Scaffolder

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.


As a scaffolder you must enjoy working as part of a team and be careful in your work. You must have a head for heights as the work is often carried out several storeys above the ground.  
You need to be physically fit, as you will often have to climb ladders and carry and lift materials. You should have good hand - eye coordination. You need to be fully aware of health and safety regulations. Almost all the work is outdoors.

Entry Requirements - Scaffolder

Apprenticeship Route

The official entry route for a Scaffolder is through undertaking an apprenticeship.

Click here to find information on the Scaffolding apprenticeship

Pay & Salary - Scaffolder

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €20k - €39k

Data Source(s):

Last Updated: March, 2017

* 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.

Labour Market Updates - Scaffolder

This occupation has been identified as a Job in Demand by the most recent National Skills Bulletin.

Most employment for these roles relates to labourers. There were over 4,000 job ready job seekers for this occupation. The low employment growth recorded relates to a fall in the most recent time period (2016-2017) and as such should be treated with caution. Demand for scaffolders and pipe layers are evident although numbers employed are too small to report.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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