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Steel fixer

Steel fixers use steel bars and mesh in reinforced concrete to strengthen buildings and other big structures.

The Role

  • Tying steel reinforcement bars (known as rebar) to build cages
  • Using rebar to build special casts to keep setting concrete in place
  • Physically demanding work, like lifting, bending and working at heights


  • Newly trained steel fixers can earn in the region of £20,000 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience steel fixers can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000

Self-employed steel fixers can set their own pay rates. Salaries will depend on your employer, location and level of responsibility.

Qualifications and Training

There are no formal entry requirements to be a steel fixer, but a willingness to work hard is essential.

Many steel fixers begin their career by helping out on a building site – fetching and carrying tools and equipment and learning what the role involves. People who show a willingness to work and learn can progress to become a "nip-hand". They learn how to use the tools of a steel fixer and tie reinforcing steel together.

To progress beyond this level you need an SVQ/NVQ level 2 in steel fixing occupations. This includes cutting and shaping steel, installing in-situ and/or prefabricated steel, using power tools and safe working practices. Construction apprenticeships in steel fixing are available, where you work towards an SVQ/NVQ Level 2.

Most construction and engineering companies insist you have a CSCS card or similar competency card, or be part of a related scheme to work on their sites. The card is proof of your skills and competence. To get your card you must pass a health and safety assessment and have an NVQ or equivalent qualification.

Progression Opportunities

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Next Steps


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Find out more

For information on the Steel fixer role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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