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Welder

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Welders cut, join and shape plates or sections of metal together by applying extreme heat using electric or gas equipment. The edges of the metal melt and then blend together as they cool, creating a permanent join.

The Work

There are three main types of welding: manual (using hand held equipment), semi-automatic and fully mechanised, so the job can vary.

Depending on the type of industry you work, in you could be:

Pay

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

A Modern Apprentice may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). 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). Some employers may pay their apprentices more.

Salaries for qualified welders are normally in the range of £9.00 to £16.00 an hour, depending on specialist skills. Bonuses and extra pay for shift work are common.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are openings for welders in both heavy engineering industries and shipyards and in light engineering factories. There can also be jobs in construction, civil engineering and the oil and gas industry.

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
4731
0.6 %
RISE
2023
4759
  United Kingdom
2018
56673
1.3 %
RISE
2023
57394

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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