Public Lighting Operative

Public lighting operatives clean and maintain street lights and the lighting associated with road signs in a particular district. They often assist qualified street lighting electricians.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:The starting salary for street lighting operatives is around £13,000 to £16,000 a year, rising to about £19,500 or more with experience.


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Getting In

Public lighting operatives are employed by local authorities and highway maintenance companies.
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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

Depending on your employer, you might be able to train as an electrician and become a street lighting electrician.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
Website (2):
Twitter: @CITB_UK

CITB is the Sector Skills Council which covers a wide range of sectors in the development and maintenance of the built environment. Its careers website ( provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.

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