Butchers direct and undertake the slaughter of animals and prepare carcasses for storage, processing and sale.


  • Prepares meat for curing or other processing; cleans tools and work surfaces.
  • Cuts carcass parts into chops, joints, steaks, etc. for sale.
  • Removes bones, gristle, surplus fat, rind and other waste material.
  • Cuts or saws carcasses into manageable portions.
  • Slaughters animal and removes skin, hide, hairs, internal organs, etc..

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 12% 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 butcher is £18,077

964 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 964. 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 butcher roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £18,077 per year. That is about £1,506 per month or £9.27 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,138, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,247

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, 964 people are employed in the region.

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