Carpenters and Joiners

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.


New workers

New workers start around £20,404. Normal pay is £29,650 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £42,163.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 118,428 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?

  • Maintains and repairs woodwork and fittings.

  • Checks accuracy of work with square, rule and spirit level.

  • 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.

  • Selects and measures appropriate wood and cuts, shapes and drills to specification using saws, planes, chisels and other power or hand tools.

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine job requirements.

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.

  • Carpentry

  • Construction

  • Plumbing

  • Power Tool Operation

  • Plastering

  • Hand Tools

  • Tiling

  • Painting

  • Furniture Cleaning

  • Technical Drawing

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

  • Customer Service

  • Problem Solving

  • English Language

  • Management

  • Strong Work Ethic

  • Teamwork

  • Self-Motivation

  • Mathematics

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.