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A steeplejack builds and repairs the inside or outside of tall structures such as church spires, industrial chimneys, power station cooling towers, high rise buildings, monuments, castles or bridges. Some specialise in fitting lightning protection systems (see job profile Lightning Conductor Engineer).

The Work

You could be:


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

Wages are set annually by the National Joint Council for the Steeplejack and Lightning Protection Agency. As of July 2019 the hourly rates for apprentices are:

The full rate for a qualified engineer with SVQ at SCQF Level 5 is £12.77, and with SCQF Level 6, £15.14 an hour. With experience your salary could rise up to £600 a week or more.


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Getting In

Look for jobs with specialist steeplejack companies or with building or civil engineering firms.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

For more information please see the organisations listed below: 


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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