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Steeplejacks carry out repairs on buildings and structures to make them safe.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £26,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements.

Some employers will look for a good standard of education.

You’ll need a good level of fitness.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need

  • practical skills 
  • maths skills
  • communication skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • installing lightning conductors on buildings
  • fitting aircraft warning lights on tall structures
  • replacing roof glass
  • repairing masonry
  • painting structures
  • dismantling or demolishing tall chimneys or buildings
  • inspecting structures for damage

You’ll work on industrial chimneys, power station cooling towers, church spires, high-rise buildings and bridges. 

You might also work on restoration projects of old monuments like castles.

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000

Experienced: £21,000

Highly Experienced: £26,000

You may be paid a lot more with overtime and shift allowances.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Your hours may vary with the demands of the job. You’ll often need to work shifts and overtime, including evenings and weekends.

You’ll be outdoors in most weather conditions, working at height.

The job is physically demanding and can get dusty.

You’ll drive from job to job with equipment so you’ll usually need a driving licence.

You’ll use protective equipment and headgear.

You’ll be expected to travel between jobs and some contracts may require overnight stays.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could be promoted to supervisor or manager. 

You could become self-employed.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018