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A fencer puts up or repairs fences around houses, schools, factories, prisons, railways and motorways, as well as around open areas such as playgrounds, parkland, farms, fields, forests and animal sanctuaries.

Fencers also put up safety fencing for events such as concerts and festivals.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Pay rates vary, depending on:

The starting salary for a Modern Apprentice is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW), but some employers may offer a higher salary. 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).

Starting salaries for qualified fence are around £8.00 to £9.00 an hour. With experience this can rise to around £12.00 an hour. Overtime can increase these rates. If you are working for yourself you may earn more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You can look for work with large construction companies, smaller fence erecting companies, landscape contractors or with motorway, road or rail network companies.

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
9231
1.9 %
RISE
2023
9408
  United Kingdom
2018
103819
1.9 %
RISE
2023
105761

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

There are estimated to be around 3,150 fencing businesses, large and small, in the UK, employing some 27,000 people.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC)
Tel: 0131 556 8866
E-mail: registrar@sbatc.co.uk
Website: http://www.sbatc.co.uk

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