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Crane driver

Crane drivers supervise and undertake the operation of cranes, jib cranes, power driven hoisting machinery and power driven stationary engines to raise and lower mine and other cages, and to lift and move equipment, materials, machinery and containers.

Tasks

  • Oils and greases machine and checks ropes.
  • Watches control panel for warning lights and indications of wind speed and direction and carrying capacity of crane.
  • Lifts load or cage, or hauls object into required position and lowers or positions for ground workers to detach, unload or load.
  • Manipulates levers, switches and pedals to rotate jibs into position and turns winding drum to raise or lower hook, bucket or other holding equipment.
  • Starts crane or engine motor and checks that cables run freely and that brakes and drum(s) are working.
  • Gives signals for movement of cage carrying workers/equipment.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 24% 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

£22,737

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for crane driver is £22,737

272 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 272. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for crane driver roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £22,737 per year. That is about £1,895 per month or £11.66 per hour. New workers generally start on £13,020, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £64,433

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, 272 people are employed in the region.

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