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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

You could be:

Cable Jointer

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Linesperson

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Pay

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 £23,500 a year. With experience this can rise to around £30,000 to £40,000 a year, sometimes more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
5672
0.3 %
RISE
2023
5689
  United Kingdom
2018
78916
1.6 %
RISE
2023
80201

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 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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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Energy and Utility Skills
Tel: 0845 077 9922
Website: http://www.euskills.co.uk/
Twitter: @EUSkills

Energy and Utility Skills is the Sector Skills Council for the electricity, gas, waste management and water sectors. Their website has a section aimed at 14 to 19 year olds on careers in these sectors.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

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