Floor Finishers measure, cut, install and repair soft and resilient floor coverings.

Specialisations: Carpet Layer, Parquetry Layer.

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in floorcovering is needed to work as a Floor Finisher.

Tasks

  • measuring areas to be covered and consulting plans to estimate quantities of floor covering materials required
  • preparing surfaces for covering and removing baseboard trims
  • measuring, cutting and fixing underlay materials
  • laying coverings, such as carpets, linoleum, parquetry blocks, cork tiles and other resilient flooring materials, over floors, matching patterns, cutting shapes around fixtures and trimming edges
  • securing floor coverings and fitting edge trims in doorways
  • sanding, staining and applying finishing coatings to timber floors
  • may install wall, ceiling, counter and bench coverings

All Floor Finishers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 11,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Floor Finishers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 11,300 in 2018 to 11,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 800 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Floor Finishers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Retail Trade; and Administrative and Support Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200812000
200911600
201011200
201112800
20128300
201312400
20147700
20159800
20169000
201713700
201811300
202311900

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction88.4
Retail Trade6.6
Administrative and Support Services1.7
Wholesale Trade1.1
Other Industries2.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFloor FinishersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.331.6
VIC28.825.6
QLD19.320.0
SA6.67.0
WA10.610.8
TAS2.62.0
NT0.31.0
ACT1.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFloor FinishersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.4-5.05.0
20-2410.2-9.39.3
25-3423.7-22.922.9
35-4423.4-22.022.0
45-5421.6-21.621.6
55-598.4-9.09.0
60-645.7-6.06.0
65 and Over3.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationFloor FinishersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV44.0-21.121.1
Year 1217.4-18.118.1
Year 117.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below25.4-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in floorcovering is needed to work as a Floor Finisher.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Floor Finisher.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Floor Finishers who are reliable, work well in a team and who are hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    61% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Building and Construction

    52% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Education and Training

    50% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Mathematics

    49% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Mechanical

    49% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Freedom to Make Decisions

    97% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  2. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    95% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling

    89% Important

    How much time do you spend kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?

  5. Telephone

    88% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2041.00 - Carpet Installers.

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