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Fence installer

Fence installers fit and repair fences and fence gates.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but paid or unpaid work experience in a related, practical role, like landscape gardening or construction, would be useful.

GCSEs at grades 9 to 2 (A* to E), in maths, technology and English might also be helpful.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to communicate clearly with customers
  • practical skills for using hand and power tools
  • the ability to understand and work to plans
  • basic maths skills
  • practical ability in wood and metalwork

3. What you'll do

You’ll usually work as part of a team under the supervision of a lead installer or foreperson. You might work on any of the following:

  • boundary fencing for homes and farms
  • vehicle barriers for roads and motorways
  • soundproof barriers for places like airports
  • parapets and bridges
  • security fencing for prisons and airports
  • electric fencing and gates

You or your foreperson will discuss with the customer what type of fence they need and give them an estimate.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • removing old fencing
  • measuring and laying out new fence lines
  • levelling the ground
  • using hand tools or mechanical diggers 
  • positioning wooden, concrete or metal posts, and fixing them to a concrete base
  • cutting panels to size and fixing them to the posts
  • painting and weatherproofing

You’ll use a range of fencing materials, like timber, concrete, wire and metal.

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £30,000

Highly Experienced: £40,000 (self-employed or including overtime)

If you’re self-employed, you’ll negotiate your own rates.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 40 hours a week. You may also work overtime and at weekends when it’s busy.

You’ll usually need a driving licence.

The job is physically demanding.

You’ll spend most of your time working outside, in all weathers.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a lead installer, foreperson, or move into contract management, quantity surveying, health and safety management, or sales.

You could also set up your own business. 

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Last updated: 18 August 2017