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Electrician

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Electricians are responsible for fitting and repairing electrical circuit boards and wiring in private homes or businesses.

They also maintain electrical equipment and machinery. Electricians work in a wide variety of different situations, but they all need the same knowledge and skills.

The Work

There are a number of types of electrician including:

You could be:

Pay

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

Salaries for electricians vary depending on the type of work they do. Recently qualified electricians may earn more than £18,000 a year and experienced electricians may earn up to £30,000 a year. Highly experienced electricians can earn around £35,000 a year, and in some cases more. If your employer is a member of the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB), they have to meet minimum rates of pay for both apprentices and qualified electricians. Details are on the SJIB website.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Electricians work in all areas of manufacturing, power generation and supply, commerce and the public sector, as well as in firms of electrical contractors.

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 and UK

  Scotland
2018
20703
0.4 %
RISE
2023
20787
  United Kingdom
2018
189633
0.3 %
RISE
2023
190217

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Most entrants to this job are aged 16 or 17, but it is possible for adults to train. The SECTT can advise on this.

The two main electrical power distribution companies in Scotland are Scottish Power and Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD). Visit their websites for careers and recruitment information.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT)
Tel: 0131 445 5659
E-mail: admin@sectt.org.uk
Website: http://www.sectt.org.uk/
Twitter: @sectt628
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SECTT-385312054821491/

Scottish Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry (SJIB)
Tel: 0131 445 9216
Website: http://www.sjib.org.uk

SELECT
Tel: 0131 445 5577
E-mail: admin@select.org.uk
Website: http://www.select.org.uk/
Twitter: @Updates_SELECT

SELECT is the trade association for the electrical contracting industry in Scotland. It offers comprehensive training across a range of industry technical and managerial skills.

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