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Shopfitter

Shopfitters transform the interiors of offices, shops, restaurants, bars and more. They create plans, then make and install fittings to enhance our experience of a space. As a shopfitter, you’ll be ripping out the old and refitting the new. You could be overseeing builds and working with a range of materials to bring an area to life.

Average salary*

£14000

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£30000

Typical hours per week

43 - 45

How to become a shopfitter

There are several routes to becoming a shopfitter. You could do a college course, an apprenticeship, or apply directly to an employer.

 You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

College/training provider

Your local college or training provider may offer courses which will help you start your career as a shopfitter.

You could study for a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Crafts, a Level 2 Diploma in Construction Skills Bench Joinery, or a Level 2 Extended Diploma in Site Carpentry.

You’ll generally need:

Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

An intermediate apprenticeship takes around two years to complete. If your employer can provide you with the right experiences you could then progress onto a Level 3 (advanced) qualification. Some shopfitters start out as carpenters or joiners and then specialise in shopfitting and interior contracting.

You’ll need:

Work

If you’ve got experience in tiling, carpentry or joinery, you may be able to apply directly to an employer for a job as a shopfitter.

If you are already employed, you could complete a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (on-the-job) to improve your skills.  

Work experience

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. This could be gained at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a shopfitter. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV. 

Skills

Additional skills which may benefit anyone looking to become a shopfitter include:

  • Goods maths abilities
  • Knowledge of building and construction
  • Thorough, with excellent attention to detail
  • Confident working with your hands
  • Good at working as part of a team
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Design skills
  • Understanding of manufacturing production and processes.

What does a shopfitter do?

As a shopfitter you will be responsible for preparing designs for a client,  and then building this in the shop once approved. 

The job role of a shopfitter involves the following duties:

  • Preparing detailed, accurate design plans
  • Making shopfronts, frames, units and fittings using a range of materials such as wood, metal, glass or plastic amongst others
  • Creating interiors for the retail, leisure and heritage sectors, or banks, restaurants and bars
  • Overseeing projects and arranging for subcontractors to do plastering, flooring, heating, lighting and soundproofing
  • Estimating material quantities and costs
  • Preparing tenders and quotes for jobs
  • Measuring and setting out jobs on site
  • Working in workshops or client businesses in noisy, dusty, cramped conditions.

How much could you earn as a shopfitter?

The expected salary for a shopfitter varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained shopfitters can earn £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained shopfitters with some experience can earn £20,000 - £30,000
  • Senior/master craft shopfitters can earn £30,000 - £35,000.*

Salaries typically range depending on location and overtime. Self-employed shopfitters set their own pay rates.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


Jobs

Check out the latest shopfitter vacancies: 

As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.

Career path and progression

As an experienced shopfitter, you could become an estimator or designer.

You could enter into a supervisory role, such as a foreman, project or contract manager. You might decide to start your own business or work as a subcontractor.

Progression Opportunities

Explore the progression opportunities below

  • Current role Shopfitter The term shopfitter is a term used in the interior contracting sector to indicat...
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  • Current role Estimator Work involves calculating the cost of supplying products or services for clients...
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  • Current role Contracts manager During a construction project, the contracts manager overseas the contracts proc...
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