Undertakers, Mortuary and Crematorium Assistants

Undertakers, mortuary and crematorium assistants make funeral arrangements for clients, prepare the deceased for burial or cremation, and supervise and assist the proceedings of funerals.


New workers

New workers start around £8,740. Normal pay is £24,697 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £39,812.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 20,212 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?

  • Controls the operations of crematoriums and cemeteries and processes legal documentation.

  • Provides hearse and funeral cars and leads funeral procession.

  • Washes and injects body with sterilising fluid to prevent deterioration prior to funeral, and applies cosmetics, wax and other materials to restore normal appearance.

  • Liaises with cemetery or crematorium authorities on behalf of client.

  • Interviews relative or representative of the deceased to discuss preparations for funeral.

  • Collects body of deceased and assists with the completion of necessary documents.

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.

  • Funeral Planning

  • Manual Handling

  • Funeral Arrangements

  • Bankruptcies

  • Accounts Payable

  • Selling Techniques

  • Employee Onboarding

  • Talent Recruitment

  • Funeral Services

  • Fundraising

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

  • Empathy

  • Advising

  • Customer Service

  • Compassion

  • Administrative Functions

  • Management

  • Listening Skills

  • Professionalism

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.