Locksmiths install, repair and maintain locks for homes and businesses.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set requirements.
2. Skills required
- excellent practical skills
- good customer care skills
- a patient approach, with the ability to pay attention to detail
- problem-solving skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- fitting locks to doors and windows
- selling, servicing and repairing locks and other security devices
- cutting copies of keys and making new keys
- fitting combination locks and timing devices to safes
- repairing locks on motor vehicles
- providing a call-out service to people locked out of their home or business or after break-ins
You could specialise in a particular area, like repairing and key cutting for antique locks.
Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000
Highly Experienced: £30,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work around 40 hours a week, which could include evenings and weekends. If you work for a firm that provides a 24-hour service, you may have to work some nights to respond to emergency call-outs.
You could be based in a shop, but most locksmiths travel to visit customers on site.
Some of your work will be inside, but you may also have to work outside in all weather conditions.
6. Career path and progressionYou could work for a national company, run a franchise or become self-employed.
Last updated: 14 December 2016