Fabric Cutter

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A fabric cutter uses a pattern and cuts out the pieces of fabric or other materials, such as vinyl, to be made into clothing or other textiles.

The Work

You could be:


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

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2022 the National Minimum Wage is £4.81 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.83 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £9.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over.

Pay is sometimes on a piece-rate system, so that the more items you cut out, the more you earn. With experience you may earn around £13 an hour. A cutting room manager can earn up to £40,000 with experience. You may be able to earn bonuses and work overtime.


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Training is normally on the job.

Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Textiles Scotland
Twitter: @textilescotland

The Scottish Enterprise website provides a list of textile companies in Scotland as well as other information about the industry.

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