Printers set up and operate various small offset printing presses and digital printing processes.


  • Keeps production records.
  • Maintains, adjusts, repairs and cleans machine.
  • Produces, transfers and outputs digital print images.
  • Dips wooden pattern block into colour tray and lays different colours on top of, and adjacent to, others to form the required pattern.
  • Operates squeegee by hand or machine to press colour through screen.
  • Pours colour into machine or directly on to screen and positions screen over item.
  • Starts or directs start of printing run and monitors machine to ensure that printing proceeds smoothly.
  • Prints and examines proof copies and adjusts press as necessary.
  • Mixes and loads inks and solvents, loads paper and regulates during print run.
  • Positions form or plate on machine, checks alignments and sets press.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 14% 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


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for printer is £19,520

766 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 766. 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 printer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £19,520 per year. That is about £1,627 per month or £10.01 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,144, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £50,126

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, 766 people are employed in the region.

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