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Shopfitters make and install fixtures and fittings in offices, restaurants, shops and bars. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,500 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a background in a construction trade, like carpentry and joinery. You could also do a college course in construction.

Employers may prefer you to have some GCSEs or equivalent in English, maths, and design and technology.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You’ll need to be reasonably fit.

CITB, Go Construct, and the National Association of Shopfitters have more information on training, qualifications and working as a shopfitter.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical skills for using tools
  • the ability to work quickly and pay close attention to detail
  • maths skills 
  • the ability to follow technical drawings, plans and written or spoken instructions
  • draughting and IT skills 

3. What you'll do

You'll make and install fixtures and fittings in shops, bars and other premises. You might also build and refurbish shop fronts and doorways.

You’ll work with other tradespeople like tilers, electricians and plumbers.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • marking out and cutting wood, metal, glass and plastic to make units and fittings in a workshop
  • estimating material quantities and costs, and preparing tenders and quotes for jobs
    preparing design plans
  • measuring and setting out jobs on site
  • paint spraying timber products

4. Salary

Starter: £13,500 to £16,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: Up to £30,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 40 hours a week, with overtime often available. 

You may have to work through the night, so you don’t disrupt the client's business.

You’ll spend most of your time indoors, in a construction workshop or on site. 

You'll usually wear protective clothing like safety footwear, goggles and ear defenders.

You may need to stay overnight on some contracts.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a supervisory role, like chargehand or foreperson.

With further training, you could become a works manager, contracts manager or shopfitting designer.

With the right experience and contacts, you could also set up your own shopfitting business.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018