Smiths and forge workers operate or direct the operation of power hammers and presses to shape heated metal to requirements and to make and repair a variety of metal articles by heating, hammering and bending.


  • Checks final product to ensure conformity with specifications.
  • Repairs damaged metal parts such as copper sheets and tubes by beating, riveting, soldering, welding and fitting replacement parts.
  • Finishes product by grinding, filing, cleaning and polishing.
  • Assembles prepared parts and joins them by bolting, welding or soldering.
  • Uses hand or machine tools to bend, roll, fold, press or beat cut sheet metal.
  • Uses template, measuring instruments and tools to mark out layout lines and reference points.
  • Examines drawings and specifications to assess job requirements.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 19% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£20,651 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for smith or forge worker is £20,651

357 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 357. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for smith or forge worker roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,651 per year. That is about £1,721 per month or £10.59 per hour. New workers generally start on £16,966, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £37,899

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 357 people are employed in the region.

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