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Groundsperson

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Groundspeople look after sports and recreation grounds, including football, rugby and cricket pitches, tennis courts, golf courses and bowling greens. They keep the soil, grass and turf in good condition. They are also known as greenkeepers or sportsturf managers.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2021 the National Minimum Wage is £4.62 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.56 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £8.36 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £8.91 for workers aged 23 and over.

A junior groundsperson can expect to earn around £16,000 a year rising to between £18,000 to £24,000 a year with experience. A head groundsperson earns around £30,000 to £40,000 a year.

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Getting In

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland

  Scotland
2021
2837
0.5 %
FALL
2026
2824

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have some technical knowledge of soil and plant biology. Groundspeople usually have a strong interest in sport and the environment.

Training

Getting On

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Courtesy of The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) 

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA)
Tel: 01347 833800
E-mail: info@bigga.co.uk
Website: http://www.bigga.org.uk/
Twitter: @BIGGALtd
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/golfgreenkeepers/

Chartered Institute of Horticulture
Tel: 03330 050 181
E-mail: cih@horticulture.org.uk
Website: https://www.horticulture.org.uk/
Twitter: @cihort
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CIHort

Grounds Management Association
Tel: 01908 312511
Website: https://thegma.org.uk/
Twitter: @thegma_
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groundsmanagementassociation

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: https://www.scotland.lantra.co.uk/
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

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