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What Skilled Trade Job is Right For Me?

13 December 2018
Besma Whayeb
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Do you want to find a skilled trade job? Or perhaps you’re not sure what skilled trade would suit you? You might think of a Builder, Baker, or Candlestick Maker when thinking about trades – but there’s actually many more trade jobs in the UK than that!

A tradesperson is specialised in a particular occupation, such as an Electrician, Painter, Plumber, or Welder.

To become a skilled tradesperson, you will have to gain relevant work experience, learn through on-the-job training, and you may also need to do an apprenticeship or formal vocational course.

We’ve put together this guide of in demand trade jobs to help you decide which skilled trade is right for you, what kind of wages you can expect, and what training you will need to do to become a registered tradesperson. It may also be worth cross-referencing your choices with our list of best jobs for the future!

Baker

Average pay (before tax): £385 per week / £20,000 per year

Education required: Useful to have GCSEs in English, Maths, Science, Food Tech, or an apprenticeship

Job description: Bakers typically work at in-store bakeries or industrial bakeries, making baked goods – from cakes to bread to biscuits. Tasks include measuring out ingredients, working with industrial baking equipment, monitoring cooking times, and keeping work stations clean.

Search: Baker, Cake Decorator, Pastry Chef

 

Beautician

Average pay (before tax): £317 per week / £16,500 per year

Education required: Qualification in Beauty Therapy, or a completed apprenticeship

Job description: Beauticians provide a range of face and body treatments, including massages, facials, hair removal, manicures, pedicures, eyebrow shaping, and more. They will typically work in a salon, spa, or beauty counter.

Search: Beautician, Beauty Therapist, Nail Technician, Spa Therapist

 

Builder

Average pay (before tax): £500 per week / £26,000 per week

Education required: None, CSCS Card to work on a building site

Job description: Builders work on construction and demolition projects for homes, commercial properties, and many other types of building. It involves following plans, teamwork, and good physical strength.

Search: Builder, Construction Operative, Foreman, Labourer, Site Manager

 

Carpenter

Average pay (before tax): £312 per week / £16,200 per week

Education required: Work experience or a college course in Carpentry

Job description: Carpenters typically work as an employee or contractor for small construction companies. They will follow plans to cut, shape, make, assemble and fit wooden structures such as kitchen cupboards, wardrobes, and shelving.

Search: Carpenter, Handyman, Handyperson, LabourerJoiner

 

Chef

Average pay (before tax): £412 per week / £21,400 per year

Education required: None, work experience or an apprenticeship may help

Job description: Chefs prepare, cook, and present food. Depending on their job title, chefs will prepare food, control and order stock, and keep their kitchens hygienic. This can be in a café or restaurant environment, in a hotel, at a school canteen, or for a public body such as the NHS or the Armed Forces.

Search: Chef, Chef de Partie, Commis Chef, Head ChefPrivate Chef, Sous Chef

 

Crane Operator

Average pay (before tax): £538 per week / £28,000 per year

Education required: CPCS Card, experience with heavy duty machinery or an apprenticeship, C1 or C LGV licence if driving cranes on public roadways

Job description: Crane Operators work with mobile (e.g. truck-mounted) and fixed cranes. They can typically be found on building sites, moving construction materials and equipment, but they’re also used in shipping yards to move containers, and wherever heavy machinery or materials need to be moved.

Search: Crane Operator, Crane Driver, Crane Supervisor, Material Handler

 

Dental Technician

Average pay (before tax): £502 per week / £26,100 per year

Education required: Diploma approved by General Dental Council (GDC) and GDC registration

Job description: Dental Technicians create and repair dental appliances that improve their patients’ appearance, speech, and oral health. This includes orthodontics, prosthetic dentures and implants, crowns and bridges.

Search: Dental Technician, Dental Assistant, Dental Therapist

 

Electrician

Average pay (before tax): £620 per week / £32,300 per year

Education required: Electrical or electro-technical qualification, or a completed apprenticeship

Job description: Electricians fit, service, and repair electrical equipment in residential homes, commercial properties, and even automobiles. They will work with circuits, wiring, machinery, and will have to do so in a safe and confident manner.

Search: Electrician, Auto Electrician, Electrical Fitter, Lighting Technician

 

Funeral Director

Average pay (before tax): £438 per week / £22,800 per year

Education required: National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) online training, resulting in a diploma

Job description: Funeral directors arrange all the details of a funeral, from the date and time of the event, to the preparation and transfer of the body. They provide professional advice for relatives and friends.

Search: Funeral DirectorCemetery Operative, Funeral Arranger

 

Lift Engineer

Average pay (before tax): £615 per week / £32,000 per year

Education required: Experience or qualifications in mechanical, electronic, or building services engineering

Job description: Lift engineers install, repair, and maintain lifts, lift doors, cables, and control systems, escalators, and moving walkways. Alongside call-outs, they will do routine checks and scheduled installation of electrical equipment.

Search: Lift Engineer, Repair Technician, Service Engineer

 

Florist

Average pay (before tax): £296 per week / £15,400 per year

Education required: Work experience/college course/apprenticeship

Job description: Florists prepare flower arrangements and botanical displays including plants, vases, and other props. They may work in a high street shop, or for events, such as weddings, celebrations, and funerals.

Search: Florist, Gardener

 

Hairdresser

Average pay (before tax): £300 per week / £15,600 per year

Education required: Work experience/college course/apprenticeship

Job description: Hairdressers wash, cut, and style their clients’ hair. Junior hairdressers will be tasked with greeting customers, keeping the salon clean, and doing simple haircuts, while more senior hairdressers provide styling consultations, colouring, cutting, and other treatments.

Search: Hairdresser, Barber, Hair Stylist

 

Jeweller

Average pay (before tax): £490 per week / £25,500 per year

Education required: Work experience

Job description: Retail jewellers work in jewellery stores, advising customers on on styles and trends, arranging displays, and selling the pieces stocked in the shop. With on-the-job training, jewellers may also provide specialist repairs or manage the team.

Search: Jeweller, Polisher, Goldsmith

 

Painter

Average pay (before tax): £465 per week / £24,200 per year

Education required: Work experience or a completed apprenticeship

Job description: Painters and decorators work on everything from redecorating homes to maintaining paint finishes on bridges. Depending on how they specialise, they will measure surfaces, prepare materials, strip and treat painted surfaces, as well as paint.

Search: Painter, Decorator

 

Plumber

Average pay (before tax): £595 per week / £31,000 per year

Education required: GCSEs in Maths, English and Science and an industry qualification, or a completed apprenticeship

Job description: Plumbers require a high level of attention to detail, as well as good physical strength. They work to service or repair heating, water, and sanitation systems in homes and commercial units.

Search: Plumber, Plumbing Engineer, Heating EngineerHandyman, Handyperson, Service Engineer

 

Rail Technician

Average pay (before tax): £828 per week / £43,000 per year

Education required: Mechanical or electrician qualification, or a completed apprenticeship

Job description: Rail Technicians follow technical plans to build new engines, carriages, and other train parts. They use power tools and welding equipment. Top employers include Network Rail and Transport for London.

Search: Rail Technician, Signalling Technician

 

Welder

Average pay (before tax): £490 per week / £25,500 per year

Education needed: Apprenticeship and Competency Tests

Job description: A welder cuts, shapes and joins sections of metal plate and pipes using specialised tools. They also work with composite materials such as plastic. Welders work in construction and a number of different industries.

Search: WelderFabricatorMIG Welder, Steel Worker, TIG Welder

 

Window Fitter

Average pay (before tax): £275 per week / £19,500 per year

Education required: Practical skills to work with glass

Job description: A window fitter will measure, cut, and install glass in residential and commercial buildings. This will be done accurately and safely, following training provided on the job. Specialisms include conservatories, skylights, and glass roofing.

Search: Window Fitter, Glazier, Glass Installer

Which trade job is right for me?

We hope you found a few jobs that you could see yourself doing! It may also be worth following our guide to finding the right job, to make sure you’re a good fit for your chosen trade job. Best of luck on your job hunt!