The double glazing industry can be a prosperous career to get into, and one of the most rewarding jobs is being a window fitter. Experienced window fitters can benefit from healthy monthly wages and a 40-hour working week throughout most of the year. Here are some of the requirements for those looking to take up this career.
What salary can I expect?
Window fitters can expect an annual salary of between £15,000 and £25,000, dependent on experience. Usually completing 40 hours a week, window fitters can also carry out extra hours to further enhance their takings. If you become a self-employed window fitter, you will be able to set your own rates. Here is a useful tax guide for self-employed window fitters – https://uk-taxreturn.co.uk/index.php/tax-guide-for-self-employed-window-fitters/.
What does the job entail?
Window fitters can work on domestic or commercial buildings and are usually called upon to fit windows in houses, conservatories and other building structures. Day-to-day duties involve removing windows and doors, measuring up spaces, fixing and sealing the glass units and repairing windows. The work usually requires the job holder to use a range of hand power tools and machinery, so the work can be physically demanding and pose certain health and safety risks.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
Window fitters do not require a specific qualification or degree, however, a certain amount of skill is necessary to do the job well. Some employers may prefer to hire an individual with GCSE pass grades or an apprenticeship. However, relevant experience in other industries such as carpentry and joinery may help you to secure your desired post. If you are just starting out and have no work experience to date, you might like to consider contacting local glazing companies to see if they can take you on as a fitter’s mate. Keane Windows is a window supplier in Dublin that welcomes trainees (http://keanewindows.ie/).
In terms of personal skills, a window fitter should be practical, organised and have good customer service skills.
If you anticipate working on building sites, you may need to look into gaining a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card which is required by law. If you are a driver, you might need to prove that your licence is valid because you will likely be travelling to various locations for work.