Glass or ceramics process operative

Glass and ceramics process operatives position articles ready for firing in kilns and operate and attend furnaces and kilns to make and treat glass and ceramic items.


  • Cuts off heat supply after firing/heating/drying and cleans furnace and kiln areas.
  • Monitors temperature of drying and annealing kilns and reports any significant deviations from schedule sheet.
  • Operates controls to rotate rotary furnaces and create a vacuum in vacuum furnaces, ensures that static furnaces are correctly positioned and switches on current.
  • Sets timing and temperature controls, monitors pressure gauges, adjusts controls as necessary and regulates level of glass in furnace as required.
  • Directs loading of furnace with prescribed quantities and types of ingredients.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

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


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for glass or ceramics process operative is £17,999

25 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 25. 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 glass or ceramics process operative roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £17,999 per year. That is about £1,500 per month or £9.23 per hour. New workers generally start on £12,759, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,046

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to shrink over the next 4 years. Currently, 25 people are employed in the region.

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