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Rubber process operative

Rubber process operatives attend and operate masticating, calendering, mixing, forming, shaping, moulding, extruding, cutting, trimming and winding machines to make and repair rubber products.


  • Locates defects and repairs worn and faulty sheathing, belting and rubber and pneumatic tyres.
  • Trims, sandblasts, or manipulates rubber article against abrasive wheel to finish product.
  • Prepares surfaces and coats or lines metal or other products with rubber.
  • Operates winding machinery to form endless belts and builds up rubberised material to form industrial belting and pneumatic tyres.
  • Regulates speed, temperature and pressure of masticating, mixing, extruding and vacuum moulding machinery.
  • Ascertains ingredients and mixing requirements, feeds machine or regulates flow from feed conveyors and hoppers.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 50% 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 rubber process operative is £20,046

24 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 24. 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 rubber process operative roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,046 per year. That is about £1,671 per month or £10.28 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 shrunk over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 24 people are employed in the region.

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