£15,600 Average salary at age 20
£27,560 Average Salary
45 Average hours per week


Carpenters and joiners construct, erect, install and repair wooden structures and fittings used in internal and external frameworks and cut, shape, fit and assemble wood to make templates, jigs, scale models and scenic equipment for theatres.

Main Tasks

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine job requirements;
  • Selects and measures appropriate wood and cuts, shapes and drills to specification using saws, planes, chisels and other power or hand tools;
  • Aligns and fixes prepared wood pieces by screwing, nailing, gluing and dowelling to form frames, shop fronts, counter units, decking, theatrical sets, furniture, small wooden craft, scale models and wooden templates;
  • Checks accuracy of work with square, rule and spirit level;
  • Maintains and repairs woodwork and fittings.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, though GCSEs/S grades are advantageous. Entry is typically through an apprenticeship or traineeship approved by ConstructionSkills leading to an NVQ/SVQ in General Construction at Level 3.

What Carpenters and joiners studied in higher education

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What Carpenters and joiners studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(G1) Mathematics2
(W2) Design studies5
(W7) Crafts2
(L3) Sociology3
(C1) Biology2
(H3) Mechanical engineering2
(C8) Psychology3
(W1) Fine art3
(V3) History by topic1
(W3) Music2
(F8) Physical geographical sciences3
(D4) Agriculture2
(W6) Cinematics & photography3
(L2) Politics3
(K2) Building8
(K1) Architecture5
(B7) Nursing2
(W4) Drama15
(J9) Others in technology2
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport2
(I3) Software engineering2
(F3) Physics2
(L1) Economics2
(T9) Others in Eastern, Asiatic, African, American & Australasian languages, literature & related subjects2
(B4) Nutrition2
(N1) Business studies2
(J6) Maritime technology2
(L5) Social work2
(R7) Russian & East European studies1
(D6) Food & beverage studies2
(X1) Training teachers2
(C6) Sport & exercise science9
(P3) Media studies2
(N2) Management studies2
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering3
(D5) Forestry & arboriculture1

UK Prospects

212400 Workforce Size
1.06% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
22038 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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