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Footwear or leather working trade

Workers in this unit group make and repair shoes, cut out, make up, sew, decorate and finish leather and leather substitute goods other than garments.

Tasks

  • Waxes, cleans and finishes footwear and other leather goods.
  • Prepares paper or paperboard master patterns of component parts of footwear.
  • Uses hand and machine tools to sew and stitch leather and/or other material in the making and decoration of footwear and leather goods other than garments.
  • Uses hand tools or machine to make up and repair saddles, harnesses, belts, straps and other leather products.
  • Positions leather and rubber footwear component parts on lasts and shapes and joins uppers to insoles and soles.
  • Uses hand tools or machine to cut out, trim, punch holes in or stitch guide lines on leather or leather substitute component parts.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 25% 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

£15,659

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for footwear or leather working trade is £15,659

205 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 205. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for footwear or leather working trade roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £15,659 per year. That is about £1,305 per month or £8.03 per hour. New workers generally start on £8,552, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £27,584

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, 205 people are employed in the region.

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