Salary Range
€13k - €42k
Job Zone
Job in Demand

In Brief...

The craft of carpentry and joinery is varied. It includes setting out, production and assembly of joinery such as stairs, doors, windows, floors and built-in furniture.

Work Environment

Carpenter / Joiners typically work in the following Career Sectors:

The Crafts Industry
Art, Craft & Design
Property Management & Auctioneering
Construction, Architecture & Property
Construction Management & Planning
Construction, Architecture & Property

Videos & Interviews

Oisin Murphy, Apprentice Carpenter

Oisín Murphy and Daniel Cowley are both Carpenters with John Sisk & Son Ltd. Oisín is approaching the end of his final year as an apprentice with the company. Both Oisín and Daniel highlight the importance of Maths, Art and Construction Studies as good subject backgrounds for this job. 

Glenn Lucas, Woodturner

Glen Lucas is a professional Woodturner. Following his Leaving Certificate he did some classes with professional woodturners.  He also undertook a FÁS cabinet making course.  Following a Business Skills Course which he took with the Craft Council of Ireland he set up his own workshop in 1997.

David Morgan, Carpenter

David Morgan is a carpenter working with P & L Carpentry in Co. Meath. David has previously taken home first prize at the National Ireland Skills Comptetition and was also chosen to represent Ireland in the world skills championships. 

Oisin Murphy, Apprentice Carpenter

Oisín Murphy and Daniel Cowley are both Carpenters with John Sisk & Son Ltd. Oisín is approaching the end of his final year as an apprentice with the company. Both Oisín and Daniel highlight the importance of Maths, Art and Construction Studies as good subject backgrounds for this job. 

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The Work

Carpenters/joiners use their skills to make structures and fittings such as windows, doors, stairs, furniture and shop fittings from wood and wood materials. The carpenter/joiner cuts, shapes and joins wood, using a wide range of tools including hammers, planes, chisels, screwdrivers and measuring tapes. Also, they often use power tools and cutting machines.  
The carpenter/joiner has to study drawings, make calculations and select suitable materials to meet design requirements.


Further Information

Qualities - Carpenter / Joiner

As a carpenter/joiner you will need to be physically fit and able to work well with your hands. Attention to detail and an eye for shape is also important.  
You will also need a head for heights because you may need to climb ladders and work on scaffolding.

Interests - Carpenter / Joiner

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.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Entry - Carpenter / Joiner

Apprenticeship Route

The official entry route for a Carpenter / Joiner is through undertaking an apprenticeship.

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Pay & Salary - Carpenter / Joiner

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €13k - €42k

Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16 Qualified / Experienced: 22 - 42 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):
REA Rates /

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.

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Labour Market Updates - Carpenter / Joiner

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

Employment has grown strongly annually since 2013, primarily related to commercial activity. The number of new apprentice registrations has continued to grow, although this is unlikely to be sufficient to meet demand. Shortages are likely to persist as increased demand for carpenters in residential activity is expected (both new builds and retrofitting activities).

Current shortages are mainly for Shuttering carpenters only - National Skills Bulletin 2018

Useful Contacts - Carpenter / Joiner