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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 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 2022 the National Minimum Wage is £4.81 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.83 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £9.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over.

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.


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Getting In

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

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:


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



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
Twitter: @CCskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts.

International Sign Association UK
Tel: 0845 338 3016
Twitter: @BSGAUK

Formerly the British Sign and Graphics Association (BSGA)

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