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The UK's Highest Paid Trades: Who Earns the Most?

According to government data, electricians are the highest-earning tradespeople in the UK, although plumbers are likely to have a higher starting salary.

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The UK's Highest Paid Trades: Who Earns the Most?

According to government data, electricians are the highest-earning tradespeople in the UK, although plumbers are likely to have a higher starting salary.

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Trades are a popular career avenue for a multitude of reasons – but which one is right for you?

If you’re interested in pursuing a trade career but aren’t sure which is best suited to you, we’ve put together this blog post to help run through the pros and cons of each trade to help you decide which trade is best suited to you.

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Electricians are always in high demand because of the crucial role the electrical industry plays in society. There are so many reasons to become an electrician in the UK, though, we’ve compiled this list of our top 10:

  1. Lucrative salaries
  2. Challenging work
  3. Varied work environment
  4. Career opportunities
  5. Be your own boss
  6. High demand
  7. Travel the world
  8. On the job training
  9. Skills for life
  10. Job satisfaction

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PAT testing is a great way to know for sure whether or not an electronic appliance is safe to use – but what exactly is PAT testing, how does it work, and what appliances need to be PAT tested? More...

 

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There are a wide number of reasons people seek to become an electrician – it’s pretty well known that electricians earn lucrative salaries (check out our blog on trade salaries here). Beyond earning a lucrative salary, electricians also have a lot more flexibility than most traditional careers can offer.

Once you have trained as an electrician, the career direction options are endless. Whether you’re looking for employment with a business or are hoping to find success in self-employment, training as an electrician gives you the freedom to choose your path.

If you’re interested in training to become an electrician and are looking for additional information on the qualifications required to become a sparky, keep reading!

 

Do I need GCSEs to become an electrician?

There are different avenues you can take when it comes to training to be an electrician, such as apprenticeships, college, or training centres. Some facilities will require an applicant to have obtained a number of GCSEs, including maths and English.

Here at Access Training, whether you’ve just finished school or are a mature student looking to train, you can train to become an electrician without GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.

 

What qualifications DO I need?

To become an electrician, there are some qualifications you’ll need to achieve to prove that you’ve trained and have acquired the necessary skills. Depending on the type of work you’re planning to do, there are different levels of training required.

The basic qualification you’ll need to obtain to prove you have the skills required to practice is a level 3 vocational qualification or diploma.

This qualification is the bare essential you need to be able to practice, and depending on what level of work you’d like to engage in past your training period, there are a number of further qualifications you can achieve.

Here at Access Training, we’ve broken it down into three courses– Essential Electrical Course, Professional Electrical Course, and Premier Electrical Course. Each course increases in complexity – the further you train the more qualifications you will achieve, which will enable you to take on a wider range of jobs in the future.

If you’d like to get a more in-depth comparison of the different courses side by side, take a peek at our electrical courses overview page. Here you can find more information about the different courses, the stages of training with Access Training, and course recommendations suited to your unique career goals.

Electrical Courses Overview

 

Our website has a lot of great information on the different courses we provide and their content. If you’re still not sure which course is right for you, reach out and contact us today. We’ll be more than happy to talk over the different options with you, and help you find the perfect fit for your career goals.

 

Read More: Electrician Qualifications: A Guide for Beginners

Tradesman fixing a boiler

When it comes to working as a tradesperson, there are no shortage of career avenues available. One popular option is to become self-employed; there are many benefits to being your own boss, so it's not hard to see why so many people are drawn to this route.

In fact, the opportunity to become self-employed is one of the main reasons why so many people choose to learn a trade in the first place.

If you're interested in training to become a tradesperson, you might be looking to find out a little more about what potential career opportunities will be available to you once you've completed your training. If so, this blog has relevant information for you.

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Gas engineer

Plumbing and gas engineering are two very attractive career paths. Both trades come with relatively lucrative salaries and good workplace flexibility.

If you're interested in becoming a gas engineer, you might have found your way to this blog post by researching about what kind of qualifications you need to get started. So, exactly what qualifications do you need to be a gas engineer?

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Electricians vs plumbers

Who earns more, electricians or plumbers?

On average, it would appear that electricians earn slightly more than plumbers, but both earn a significant annual salary. The average annual salary of an electrician in the UK is £36,134. The average annual salary of a plumber in the UK is £33,836.

 

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