Glazier jobs(Also known as Window fitter)
A glazier is someone who installs windows, glass partitions, decorative glass and conservatories in public, private and commercial buildings A glazier is a skilled installer of window frames, windows and glass products. Often, the installer will become a specialist in a certain type of window, so some may prefer to work on people’s homes, whilst others may be commercial installers. Domestic jobs can be anything from replacing a 20cm pane of glass which has fallen, all the way up to the full installation of a custom-build conservatory. In this instance, some firms will subcontract out the conservatory building and handle only the glass, whilst others will manage it in-house if they have the capability. On the commercial side, the installation crew could be carrying out a large number of simple glass-fits on a customer’s premises on a monthly maintenance contract, or it may be a full-scale design implementation for an exotic or high-value centrepiece in the Regional Operating Headquarters of a multinational company. At the career’s “entry point”, the fitter may become an installer with an established firm and learn the skills needed to progress to setting up his or her own firm. Many installers who concentrate on domestic installations work either individually or in teams of two. Commercial installation teams can number in excess of 7 or 8 persons, depending on the scope of work and the value of the contract.
SalaryFor a glazier who wishes to join an established window fitting businesses, the expected earnings are around £9.50 per hour, which works out at £19,760 based on a standard 40-hour week. More experienced installers can join as team leaders, and the rate of pay usually increases then by 15%. There is the possibility for semi-regular overtime too, plus use of the company van for personal reasons should the employer so decide. These salary figures are based on aggregated searches of UK job opportunity web sites; they are reflective of fitters working outside London but in the South East of England. Many fitters choose to become self-employed, and may then seek to take on at least one additional worker as helper. This is often because two people are required to fit windows over a certain size. It is a challenging industry in terms of new business entrants, with many new companies setting up in locations around the UK. Word-of-mouth advertising works well for established firms and the earnings capacity for a successful business with a very busy commercial order book is technically unlimited. Some firms find it harder to enjoy consistent revenue streams in parts of the country where there is an outward pattern of businesses moving to other areas; this is often due to recessionary pressures or declining demand for the company’s product or service.
- Arrive at customer’s site at the pre-agreed time and place
- Work either on own or part of a fitting team to install windows or selected glass displays
- Leave the customer’s property in a tidy state with no unnecessary mess
- Ensure the customer’s property is completely secure from intrusion once the work has been completed
- Ensure there is no glass left on site which poses a significant risk to adults, and a huge risk to children
- Complete evening and weekend overtime in order to satisfy an open book of ongoing work
- For a self-employed candidate, the owner must handle invoicing, tax and administration, at least on a day-to-day basis
- Self-employed candidates will also need to handle their own marketing and find ways of growing their revenue
QualificationsMost fitters have no formal qualifications as they are generally not required at the time of job application within this industry. Some employers like candidates to have at least a GCSE standard in English and maths as it shows a general aptitude for communication and problem-solving. However, many employers like new candidates to have at least some experience working in the industry, either as a fitter or as a finisher in a glass cutting wholesalers.
- Candidates must be able to cut, fix, modify and fit sheet glass into position on site
- Must be able to measure accurately and suggest potential materials and finishes to satisfy customer
- Must be able to work within a team of glaziers in larger projects
- It may be a requirement that the fitter also drive the company van from site to site
- A good understanding of common-sense health and safety concerns are paramount, as glass is a highly hazardous material
- A good appreciation in terms of being able to leave the site in a clean and habitable condition, and also secured against intrusion