Print Finishing and Binding Workers

Print finishing and binding workers bind books and other publications and finish printed items by hand or machine.


New workers

New workers start around £10,674. Normal pay is £24,299 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £35,878.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 9,190 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Sets up and supervises automatic binding and finishing machine..

  • Repairs worn book bindings.

  • Embosses lettering or decoration on cover by hand or machine.

  • Cuts board and cloth for book cover and spine.

  • Trims head, tail and fore-edge of book and gilds and marbles page edges as necessary.

  • Compresses sewn book in nipping machine to expel air and reduce swelling caused by sewing.

  • Folds, collates and sews printed sheets by hand or machine.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Construction

  • Subcontracting

  • Print Finishing Systems

  • Project Management

  • Machine Operation

  • Painting

  • Machinery

  • Project Schedules

  • Carpentry

  • Risk Analysis

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Management

  • First Aid

  • Problem Solving

  • Quality Control

  • Coordinating

  • Time Management

  • Operations

  • Leadership

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.