Scaffolding Careers

Charge Hand / Foreman / Working Supervisor Scaffolders (CISRS)


  • To provide a link between the scaffolding operatives and clients.
  • To take charge of scaffolding operations on site.
  • Considered to be a more mature and experienced scaffolder, the Charge Hand or is capable of interpreting design drawings and erecting complex non-standard scaffolds with limited input from Supervisors or Management.
  • They should be capable of carrying out inspections on all types of scaffold and are expected to complete and issue appropriate Hand-overs and Scafftags for their sites.
  • In addition to erecting and dismantling scaffolds, they should be capable of setting an example to the less experienced colleagues whilst managing men and materials to ensure that a job is completed in a timely manner using all available resources.
  • Critically, they should be able to liaise with Site Managers and clients and report any issues that can impact on timely completion of works.


  • Ensure adequate resources and materials are on site to progress the project
  • Liaise with the site management team to ensure the smooth progress of the project, attending site meetings and reporting site progress to scaffolding supervisors and clients where required.
  • Supervise scaffolding operatives to ensure that work is carried out to client expectations in line with safety protocols, time limits and budget expectations.
  • Report all incidents to the health & safety advisor/director.

Key skills

Good organisational skills and a keen eye for detail. Excellent communicator and leader/mentor. Physically fit, punctual and hard working. Basic computer knowledge in programs like Microsoft is essential and some employers may require experience with industry specific programs.

Application process

Often this role is offered through internal promotion. Alternatively, apply directly to the company or through other traditional channels such as recruitment agencies (particularly specialist construction agencies), Jobcentre Plus, the National Careers Service, Job Boards (e.g. Indeed) or via advertisements in newspapers.

Charge Hand / Forearm / Working Supervisor Scaffolders (CISRS)

Expected salary

Can range from £36,500 to £65,000.

Qualifications required

As a minimum the charge hand should possess: CISRS Advanced Scaffolder/Scaffolder certification (depending upon the scope of the work on site), SSSTS Certification (Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme), Asbestos Awareness Basic Training. NASC companies may also require CISRS Advanced Scaffold Inspection certification, EFAW (First aid) certification and the LGV C1 Driving Licence. Experience as a scaffolding operative is a principle requirement.