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Locksmith

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Locksmiths supply, fit, service and repair locks for homes and businesses. Some may also work as auto locksmiths, helping people locked out their car or with lost or broken car keys.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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

Salaries for locksmiths range from £16,000 to £35,000 a year. Some self-employed locksmiths can earn more than this.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

This is a relatively small profession and most firms are fairly small. Look for jobs with locksmith companies, specialist workshops, shops, hardware stores and security manufacturers.

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
16995
1.3 %
RISE
2023
17224
  United Kingdom
2018
174003
1.7 %
RISE
2023
176978

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What Does it Take?

You need:

Training

Getting On

More Information

For adult entrants, employers may prefer interest or experience in carpentry or engineering.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Master Locksmiths Association (MLA)
Tel: 01327 262 255
E-mail: enquiries@locksmiths.co.uk
Website: http://www.locksmiths.co.uk/
Twitter: @MLA_locksmiths
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MasterLocksmithAssociation/

Skills for Security (including SITO)
Tel: 01905 744000
E-mail: info@skillsforsecurity.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk
Twitter: @Skills4Security

Skills for Security is the Sector Skills Council for the security business sector.

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