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Meter Reader

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Meter readers visit all kinds of premises, including homes, offices, shops and factories, to collect information (readings) from electricity, gas, and in England and Wales, water meters.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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

Salaries are usually in the range £16,000 to £17,000 a year. You can earn extra through overtime and bonuses. Bonuses are usually based on the number of meters read each week. Some employers provide a uniform or an allowance for outdoor clothes. You would also usually get a mileage allowance.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Most meter readers work for electricity or gas companies (or water companies in England and Wales), although others are employed by specialist firms who supply meters to those companies. You can look for vacancies through the Universal Jobmatch website or Jobcentre Plus offices.

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
2019
4203
5.2 %
RISE
2024
4423
  United Kingdom
2019
45067
4.2 %
RISE
2024
46958

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Some industrial meter readings are now recorded automatically and these meters no longer need to be read. If this system becomes more widely used, the number of jobs for meter readers may decline. Also see Smart Energy Meter Fitter job profile.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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