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Glazier

Glaziers install and repair glass in houses, hotels, offices and shops.

Annual Salary

£12,000 to £27,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

43 to 45 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on a rota

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • choosing glass for the job
  • removing broken panes, beading and putty
  • working out how much glass is needed for each job
  • fitting new glass and making sure the sealing is watertight
  • shaping glass using diamond or wheel-cutting tools
  • making decorative glass panels or double glazing units

Working environment

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

You could work at a client's home or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be at height.

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship in glazing or fenestration installation.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
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Work

You could start as a glazier's assistant and train on the job.

Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs. There are no set entry requirements, though you'll need maths skills to measure and work out dimensions. Employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).

Experience in carpentry and joinery will also be helpful.

More information

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a glazier from Go Construct.

With experience, you could work on specialist projects, like restoration work on churches or listed buildings.

Other options include moving into site management, estimating or glass product design.

You could also work in the automotive industry, repairing and replacing windscreens on vehicles.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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