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Hair Stylist

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Hair stylists shampoo, cut, colour, curl and style people's hair. They may specialise in particular services, techniques or client groups.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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

The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2018 the National Minimum Wage is £4.20 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £5.90 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.38 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £7.83 for workers aged 25 and over.

After experience this could rise to £9.50 an hour, or higher in large salons.

At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £3.70 an hour (April 2018).

Tips from customers, and possibly commission from products you may sell in the salon, can boost your income.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Job prospects in the industry are steady. There are jobs for hair stylists in salons big and small throughout the UK.

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
9230
5.6 %
RISE
2023
9749
  United Kingdom
2018
102444
4.3 %
RISE
2023
106889

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Choose Hair is an initiative set up to help inspire young people into the industry. For further information, visit their website.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Habia (Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority)
Tel: 08452 306080
E-mail: info@habia.org
Website: http://www.habia.org
Twitter: @Habia_SSB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HabiaUK

Hairdressing Council
Tel: 020 8760 7010
Website: http://www.haircouncil.org.uk/
Twitter: @hairbarbcouncil

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