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Clothing presser

Clothing pressers use steam irons and vacuum presses to shape garments and remove, or add, creases.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,500 to £17,500 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements.

Most employers will look for personal qualities, like reliability and good timekeeping.

You may need to do a practical test at your interview.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship with a clothing manufacturer or dry-cleaning company. 

Creative Skillset has more information about working as a clothing presser.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • an eye for detail
  • the ability to follow set instructions
  • a methodical approach to tasks
  • the ability to concentrate for long periods
  • the ability to perform repetitive tasks quickly

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • using scissors and steam presses, a professional ironing table and steam iron to shape garments, and remove or add creases
  • operating computer-controlled machines, like a carousel or tunnel press
  • carrying out basic daily maintenance like cleaning filters
  • piecing up garments ready for collection 

You’ll work on different types of garments, like suits, shirts, trousers, jackets, dresses, blouses and uniforms.

You might carry out quality control checks on garments before they’re packaged and sent to customers.

In manufacturing, you’ll work on garments during the production process, known as 'under-pressing', and ‘garment-finishing’ in the final stages of production. 

In larger textiles companies, you might combine pressing with other tasks, like pattern grading or cutting.

In a small dry-cleaning company, you might take on duties like dry-cleaning or garment alterations.

4. Salary

Starter: £13,500

Experienced: £17,500

Your salary may be based on piecework, where you’re paid by the number of items or kilograms completed each day.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work up to 40 hours a week.

Conditions can get warm and you’ll be on your feet for much of the time.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could work in sewing machining, supervisory roles, pattern cutting and grading, or become an instructor and train new staff.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016