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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:

The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2020 the National Minimum Wage is £4.55 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.45 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £8.20 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £8.72 for workers aged 25 and over.

After a year or two of experience you might earn between £16,000 and £18,000 a year, rising to around £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

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland

  Scotland
2020
2102
0.3 %
FALL
2025
2095

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Sign and Graphics Association (BSGA)
Tel: 0845 338 3016
E-mail: enquiries@bsga.co.uk
Website: http://www.bsga.co.uk/
Twitter: @BSGAUK

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

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

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