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Baker or Confectioner

Baker bringing bread out of large industrial oven

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:

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

As of 1 April 2024 the National Minimum Wage is £6.40 an hour for workers under 18, £8.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20. The National Living Wage for those aged 21 and over is £11.44 an hour. This would increase with experience.

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

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
4140
0.9 %
RISE
2029
4177
  United Kingdom
2024
37697
4 %
RISE
2029
39198

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You should be able to:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scotland Food and Drink
Tel: 0131 335 0940
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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