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Kitchen and bathroom fitter

Kitchen and bathroom fitters install kitchens and bathroom suites in homes and businesses. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,500 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but you’ll usually come into the job with experience and qualifications from other trades. These can include joinery, plumbing and electrical installation, or related experience like cabinet making, plastering or tiling. 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship with a building company then move into kitchen and bathroom fitting. The Kitchens Bedrooms Bathrooms National Training Group (KBBNTG) has details of apprenticeships.

You could also do a college course in installation.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and bConstructive have more information on construction careers and qualifications.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent practical skills
  • the ability to follow technical drawings
  • the ability to mark out accurate measurements
  • good customer care skills
  • the ability to meet deadlines
  • an understanding of building regulations

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • using a range of hand and power tools
  • measuring out work areas
  • ripping out and disposing of old units and suites
  • marking the location of pipes and cables
  • measuring and cutting worktops, recesses and joints
  • fitting units and appliances
  • tiling walls and laying flooring
  • clearing away debris at the end of the job
  • following building regulations to meet health and safety

4. Salary

Starter: £13,500 to £16,000

Experienced: £17,000 to £24,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £35,000

Self-employed fitters set their own rates.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week. Overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines.

You’ll travel between jobs, and some contracts will involve overnight stays.

Conditions are likely to be dusty, especially when ripping out existing fittings.

6. Career path and progression

You could find work with building companies, design agencies, kitchen and bathroom manufacturers and retailers. You could also set up your own business.

With further training, like in computer aided design (CAD), you could move into planning and installation design. 

In a larger company, you could progress to become a business development manager, area sales coordinator, or project manager leading a team of designers and installers.

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Last updated: 09 December 2016