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Electricians and electrical fitters

£16,640 Average salary at age 20
£36,920 Average Salary
45 Average hours per week


Electricians and electrical fitters assemble parts in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment, and install, maintain, and repair electrical plant, machinery, appliances and wiring.

Main Tasks

  • Examines drawings, specifications and wiring diagrams to determine the method and sequence of operations;
  • Selects, cuts and lays wires and connects to sockets, plugs or terminals by crimping, soldering, brazing or bolting;
  • Cuts, bends and installs electrical conduit;
  • Assembles parts and sub-assemblies using hand tools and by brazing, riveting or welding;
  • Installs electrical plant, machinery and other electrical fixtures and appliances such as fuse boxes, generators, light sockets etc.;
  • Examines electrical plant or machinery, domestic appliances and other electrical assembly for faults using test equipment and replaces worn parts and faulty wiring.


Academic qualifications may not be required, though some GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification may be an advantage. NVQs/SVQs in Servicing Electronic Systems are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Apprenticeships combining practical work experience and technical training are available at Levels 2 and 3. Entrants must have good eyesight and normal colour vision.

What Electricians and electrical fitters studied in higher education

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What Electricians and electrical fitters studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy1
(L7) Human & social geography1
(W2) Design studies3
(L3) Sociology1
(B3) Complementary medicines, therapies & well-being1
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(H4) Aerospace engineering2
(W3) Music4
(F8) Physical geographical sciences2
(D4) Agriculture1
(N9) Others in business & administrative studies1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(Q3) English studies1
(I7) Computer generated visual & audio effects1
(L2) Politics1
(K2) Building7
(K1) Architecture2
(W4) Drama20
(J9) Others in technology4
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering1
(B4) Nutrition1
(N1) Business studies2
(C6) Sport & exercise science6
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies2
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering27
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

239800 Workforce Size
8.55% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
40762 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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