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Window fitter

Window fitters install windows, conservatories and glazed curtain walls in homes and businesses.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll need maths skills to measure and work out dimensions. Some employers may ask for some GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent.

Experience in carpentry and joinery may be helpful.

You could apply directly to glazing companies to be taken on as a fitter’s mate. You can also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on most building sites.

You may need a driving licence for travelling between jobs.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • good customer service skills
  • practical ability
  • the ability to plan and organise workloads to meet deadlines

3. What you'll do

You’ll usually be assisted by a fitter's ‘mate’. 

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • removing old windows and doors with hand and power tools
  • measuring up the space for new windows or doors
  • fixing units in place, making sure they’re level and secure
  • sealing fittings to make them weathertight
  • clearing away leftover materials
You might also manufacture glazing units, and repair or replace windows in old buildings.

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000

Experienced: £17,000 to £21,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000

You may earn more for overtime and shift work.

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

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work around 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Overtime is common.

You’ll work both indoors and outside, sometimes at height. 

The work can be physically demanding.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a window surveyor or estimator, or move into glazing sales and marketing.

You could set up your own business or take up a window fitting franchise.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017