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Signwriter

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Signwriters (or signmakers) design and make signs and write the lettering for them. They may also install them on the fronts of shops, offices, restaurants, pubs, hotels, on the sides of vehicles and by the sides of roads.

Most signs are now designed on computer and made by machine. There is less demand for traditional hand painted signs.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates vary, depending on:

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

As of 1 April 2024 the National Minimum Wage is £6.40 an hour for workers under 18, £8.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20. The National Living Wage for those aged 21 and over is £11.44 an hour.

After a year or two of experience you might earn around £18,000 a year, rising to around between £20,000 to £25,000 a year or more. Some signwriters run their own business. They charge a fee for each sign they make and their income can be irregular and variable.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You may find jobs advertised through your local Jobcentre Plus office or on the Find a Job website.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
1517
3.9 %
RISE
2029
1576
  United Kingdom
2024
24546
4 %
RISE
2029
25516

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:

Training

If you are installing signs on site you might need to hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card (either Sign Installer – Illuminated or Sign Installer – Non-illuminated). You may also need to obtain working at height qualifications.

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

International Sign Association UK
Tel: 0845 338 3016
E-mail: ask@uksigns.org
Website: https://uksigns.org/
Twitter: @BSGAUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/isaukbsga/

Formerly the British Sign and Graphics Association (BSGA)

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