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Baker or Confectioner

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Bakers make bread and other products such as rolls, pastries, cakes, biscuits and pies. Confectioners make sweets and chocolates. The work may be done by hand or by using machinery.

The Work

You could be:

You might specialise in making sweets or chocolate, as a confectioner or chocolatier.

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 2019 the National Minimum Wage is £4.35 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.15 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.70 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £8.21 for workers aged 25 and over. With experience this could rise to around £10.00 an hour.

Conditions

You could work in a small shop, a supermarket or a plant (factory) bakery.

Conditions in all cases would be similar.

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are many bakeries of all sizes in Scotland. Most chocolatiers work for a big company, but there are also a growing number of small specialist firms producing high quality chocolate.

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
3640
0.2 %
FALL
2024
3631
  United Kingdom
2019
34634
1.1 %
RISE
2024
35010

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You should be able to:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

National Food and Drink Training
Tel: 01383 661 555
E-mail: info@nfdt.org
Website: http://nfdt.org

On 1st April 2015, Scottish Bakers rebranded its training arm to National Food and Drink Training (NFDT). This now encompasses working with companies outwith the bakery sector including meat processing, fish processing, mineral water and sweet manufacturing.

National Skills Academy for Food and Drink
Tel: 0845 644 0558
E-mail: info@nsafd.co.uk
Website: http://nsafd.co.uk
Twitter: @NSAFD

On 1st June 2015, Improve Ltd and NSAFD merged to become one company. The single entity is now known as The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and is the Sector Skills Council for the food and drink manufacturing and processing industries.

Scotland Food and Drink
Tel: 0131 335 0940
E-mail: info@foodanddrink.scot
Website: http://www.foodanddrink.scot
Twitter: @scotfooddrink
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scotfooddrink

The Scotland Food and Drink website is managed by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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