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A glazier measures, installs and replaces different types of glass in all kinds of buildings and structures.


Average salaries are in the region of £11,000.00 to £35,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

A glazier measures, installs and replaces different types of glass in all kinds of buildings and structures.

What they do

There’s no such thing as a typical glazing project, which keeps the job interesting. From replacing a broken pane of glass in someone’s front door to fitting planet-friendly glass to a high-rise office block, the work for a glazier is always interesting.

Some glaziers specialise in residential work, installing glass in the windows where we live. Some work on industrial sites replacing display windows in shops, car dealerships, offices, banks and other buildings. Others put glass walls into big office buildings.

Glaziers don’t just use glass, though. They may also work with plastic or laminates and treatments that make glass safer or stronger. They often build the framework for the glass, which might be large heavy steel frames, window sashes or door frames.

Glass is cut and fitted into its setting at a contractor’s workshop or factory, then delivered to the site for the glazier to install. The glazier can tweak and shape pieces on site using diamond or wheel-cutting tools. 

With enough experience, you can become a Glazier Technician or Senior Glazier.  These skilled workers take on more responsibilities on site such as leading a team of Glaziers or working on more prestigious or complex jobs.

Typical duties include:

  • Assessing risks
  • Choosing glass
  • Removing old or broken glass and putty from frames
  • Measuring and fitting the new glass
  • Making everything watertight
  • Using a crane with suction cups to lift the glass into place.

Hours & Salary:

  • Newly trained glazier’s can earn in the region of £11,000 - £16,000
  • Trained with experience glazier’scan earn in the region of £16,000 - £24,000
  • Senior, technician or master glazier’s can earn in the region of £24,000 - £27,000

Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed glaziers set their own pay rate. 


 

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Case Study

Nicholas Roseby is a glazier with Cornwall Glass and Glazing.

What do you do?

My daily job can vary from day to day. I can be working on a small job that only takes half an hour or on a bigger glazing job that takes much longer. It depends a lot on the company you work for as some companies only specialise in certain areas. We take on a variety of work, which means I can do different things each day.

How did you get started?

I studied IT in college and my first job was in a lighting factory. Then I worked for a printer doing web design and administration but fancied a change from IT. It was my grandmother who suggested glazing and I decided to give it a try. I learned my trade working on the job and have been in the industry for seven years.

What do you enjoy about your work?

I enjoy working in different places and it’s nice in the summer to be out and about in the open air.

What skills do you need?

Patience is very important in this role. So is being able to anticipate problems before they happen. Being able to communicate with customers is a good skill and we do need basic maths for measuring.

What are you proud of?

I’m most proud of the fact that I’m contributing to a growing company. It’s also nice to look back on a job and get job satisfaction from the work you have done.

What will you be doing in 10 years?

Hopefully I will have progressed further up the ladder in this company and maybe have moved away from the “tools” to take on another challenge.

Any advice about joining the construction industry?

This is a very rewarding job but it is also hard work. It’s the type of job that only certain people will be able to do. But if they can stick with it, it’s a good trade to have.

Qualifications & Training

England & Wales

There are no formal requirements for qualifications but it helps to have GCSEs or equivalent such as standard grades in English and Maths at A*-C. The Foundation or Intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate is also useful.  

Employers like people with on-site experience. If you don’t have any, it’s worth looking for work as a glazier's assistant or labourer. Once you are working, your employer may offer training and qualifications through day release to college, or via the On site Assessment and Training route (OSAT).

A good way to kick off your career is with an apprenticeship with a gazing company. To find an apprenticeship, visit the Government's website in England, or, in Wales, Careers Wales.

In Scotland, the best way to become a glazier is through a Modern Apprenticeship registered with the Scottish Building Apprenticeship Training Council (SBATC).  You do not always need formal qualifications, but Standard grades or National 4 or 5's in English and Maths are helpful.

This is a 3 year apprenticeship with an employer and a structured training programme in college where you would work towards a Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 2 (SVQ Level 2). 

To apply for an apprenticeship you may have to complete an assessment test.  You need to hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to be able to work on a construction site and also must pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme.

More information on what it takes and how to get into the industry in Scotland can be found on the "my world of work" website. 

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Career trends and forecasts

29,680 total staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 29,680 Glaziers between 2017 - 2021. The highest demand will be in Greater London followed by North West, South West, East Midlands, South East and East England.

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