Print finishing and binding workers bind books and other publications and finish printed items by hand or machine.


  • Sets up and supervises automatic binding and finishing machine.
  • Repairs worn book bindings.
  • Embosses lettering or decoration on cover by hand or machine.
  • Cuts board and cloth for book cover and spine.
  • Trims head, tail and fore-edge of book and gilds and marbles page edges as necessary.
  • Compresses sewn book in nipping machine to expel air and reduce swelling caused by sewing.
  • Folds, collates and sews printed sheets by hand or machine.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 27% 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

£19,403 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for print finishing or binding worker is £19,403

262 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 262. 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 print finishing or binding worker roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £19,403 per year. That is about £1,617 per month or £9.95 per hour. New workers generally start on £8,979, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £27,928

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, 262 people are employed in the region.

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