Footwear and Leather Working Trades

Footwear and leather working trades make and repair shoes, cut out, make up, sew, decorate and finish leather and leather substitute goods other than garments.


New workers

New workers start around £9,669. Normal pay is £22,143 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £32,579.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 4,316 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?

  • Waxes, cleans and finishes footwear and other leather goods.

  • Prepares paper or paperboard master patterns of component parts of footwear.

  • Uses hand and machine tools to sew and stitch leather and/or other material in the making and decoration of footwear and leather goods other than garments.

  • Uses hand tools or machine to make up and repair saddles, harnesses, belts, straps and other leather products.

  • Positions leather and rubber footwear component parts on lasts and shapes and joins uppers to insoles and soles.

  • Uses hand tools or machine to cut out, trim, punch holes in or stitch guide lines on leather or leather substitute component parts.

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.

  • Keys And Locks

  • Hand Tools

  • Image Stitching

  • Machinery

  • Orthopedics

  • Ballet

  • Cash Handling

  • Content Creation

  • Product Quality (QA/QC)

  • Safety Stock

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.

  • Coordinating

  • Sales

  • Detail Oriented

  • Willingness To Learn

  • Customer Service

  • Problem Solving

  • Management

  • Communication

  • English Language

  • Quality Control

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.