Fairly obviously, the job of a scaffolder is to erect and dismantle scaffolding for construction and maintenance. You will need to unload scaffolding equipment, set up base plates and scaffolding tubes and lay boards along scaffolding.

You will likely work for specialist companies or construction firms which means you could be erecting scaffolding both onshore or offshore and working in all weathers.

Salary and Progression

Typical salaries onshore start from £16,000 however once you get experience and go offshore this is likely to rise to £20,000-£25,000 then from here you could look at becoming a Rope Access Technician or Supervisor earning £30,000+

Training and Experience Requirements

You will be required to carry at least a Level 2 Access and Rigging qualification and a CISRS certificate for scaffolding. In addition to this an OPITO Rigging, Slinging and Banksman would be an advantage either Stage One or Stage Three / Four as well as general labouring and scaffolding experience onshore.

In addition, to work offshore, you will require valid basic offshore certificates including:

  • MIST
  • CA-EBS
  • Shoulder Measurements
  • Offshore Medical

It is likely that an employer will ask for other certificates too. It’s always a good idea to look at a range of job posts to identify commonly requested training requirements.