Electricity Distribution Worker

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Electricity distribution workers are sometimes known as transmission workers. They build, install and maintain the equipment, machinery and distribution systems that supply electricity to homes, industry and commerce.

The Work

They work in one of three specialist jobs at craft level.

Electrical, Mechanical or Control and Instrument Fitter

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

The starting salary for electricity distribution workers on completion of their apprenticeship is usually around £24,000 a year. With experience salaries can rise to between £40,000 and £50,000 a year.


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Getting In

Many electricity distribution workers work for national transmission companies or regional electricity distribution companies. Some are employed by large electrical contractors. Job opportunities across the UK are good.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland


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Job Outlook Scotland

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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 50 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

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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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Energy and Utility Skills
Tel: 0121 745 1310
Website (2):
Twitter: @EUSkills

Energy and Utility Skills is the Sector Skills Council for the electricity, gas, waste management and water sectors. Their website Talent Source Network provides information on careers in the energy and utilities sector.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Twitter: @EngCouncil

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