How to become a glazier
A practical guide to finding work as a professional glazing engineer
Whether you're boarding up a business, or replacing a broken window emergency, a career as a glazier can be both a challenging and varied role.
One of the most important things to consider when becoming a glazier is the type of company you would like to work for. For example, many established companies now offer nationwide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a perfect match for someone that doesn't want to be limited in their work.
Working Hours & Conditions
When it comes to typical working hours, it is largely dependent on the company you work for. For example, many companies are now providing a 24-hour emergency response, meaning that you are less limited in the hours you can do, and have varied working hours. Working conditions vary depending on the type of glazing job, some work may be at great heights, for example.
Starting salaries for a glazier can be between £13,000 and £17,000 a year. With further progression and qualifications, glaziers can expect to earn at least £20,000 a year. An experienced glazier with additional responsibility may earn over £23,000 a year. However, this can be dependent on your employer and where you live in the UK, unless you work for a nationwide company. Self-employed plumbers will set their own rates, although may miss out on incentives such as bonuses and overtime pay that can be available with an employer.
As outlined above, the more experience and qualifications you hold as a glazier the higher the typical salary. When looking for work, it is always good to find an established company so you can develop your skills further with opportunity for progression.