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Carpenter Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Carpenter. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Carpenter
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Carpenter Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden structures, fixtures and fittings, which are used in a wide variety of construction projects. This could include fitting floorboards, skirting, window frames and doors in domestic household jobs to fixing roof trusses and partitions for a commercial project; preparing shop fronts, storage and shelving for retail outlets through to building wooden casements to support setting concrete in structures such as bridges or foundation pillars.

Carpenters and joiners use a range of hand and power tools depending on the scale and type of work. The type of work normally falls into one of the categories below and they may use their skills across the whole range, or specialise in just one or two:

  • formwork - making temporary wooden structures to support and shape concrete until set
  • machining - preparing and shaping timber for floorboards, skirting boards and window frames
  • bench joinery - preparing and assembling doors, window frames, staircases and fitted furniture for buildings
  • first fixing (site work) - constructing the basic wooden structures of a building such as floor and roof joists, roof timbers, floorboards, staircases, partition walls and door and window frames
  • second fixing (site work) - installing skirting boards, door surrounds, doors, cupboards and shelving, as well as door handles and locks
  • shopfitting - producing and fitting interiors for shops, hotels, restaurants, banks, offices and public buildings. See Shopfitter.
  • Depending on the job, carpenters and joiners may work in conjunction with other construction tradespeople, for example electricians and plumbers.

Hours and Environment

The usual working week is 39 hours, Monday to Friday, although overtime at weekends or evenings is common when deadlines must be met.

Carpenters and joiners often work in narrow or confined spaces and carry heavy materials and tools. Site work involves working in all weathers, climbing ladders and working on scaffolding or roofs. Travel between sites can mean working away from home for short or long periods. A driving licence may be helpful.

Bench joiners tend to work mainly in workshops where conditions can get dusty.

Safety equipment such as helmets and boots are required on construction sites. Goggles or ear defenders may also be needed for some jobs.

Skills and Interests

To be a carpenter or joiner you should:

  • be careful, methodical and able to plan accurately
  • be able to follow technical drawings and plans
  • have practical ability and manual skills
  • have numerical ability for measuring and making calculations
  • be physically fit
  • be able to work as part of a team and alone
  • be aware of health and safety issues.


There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may look for some GCSEs/S grades in subjects such as maths, English, and design and technology, or equivalent vocational qualifications such as a Foundation/Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQs in Construction and the Built Environment.

There are a number of entry-level awards offered by colleges including City & Guilds certificates in Basic Carpentry and Joinery Skills (6111) and Basic Woodworking Skills (6135), OCN Basic Carpentry Skills and NCFE Carpentry and Joinery Certificate, which can be used as a stepping stone into the trade.

In addition, for those outside the industry, there may be the option to undertake a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Foundation/Intermediate/Advanced Construction Award (Wood Occupations) at a further education college. Check with CITB-ConstructionSkills and local colleges for details.

To gain entry to an apprenticeship or training scheme, you may have to pass a selection test.

A background in more general construction as a labourer or trades person, such as a roofer, may be helpful in gaining an initial position with a company, although this is not essential.


Training is normally provided on the job with day or block release at local colleges or training providers leading to NVQ/SVQ qualifications. You work towards NVQs/SVQs in Wood Occupations levels 1 to 3.

Options include:

Bench Work - marking, setting out and production of joinery products
Site Work - install first and second fixings and structural components
Shopfitting - manufacture, installation of internal and external frames, shop fronts, fixtures and finishings
Timber Frame Erection - erection of timber frame walls, floors, roof structures and associated fixtures and fittings
Wheelwrighting - mark out, produce and assemble carriage joinery products.
As well as the above options, NVQ/SVQ Level 3 includes a conservation and restoration bench work option for the production and assembly of period products, eg furniture, together with a conservation and restoration site work option covering the refurbishment of historical buildings.
A three-year Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS) is open to people aged between 16-25 in England and Wales, or a four-year apprenticeship in Scotland registered with the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council. Contact CITB-ConstructionSkills below.

New Deal schemes may be available for people who have been unemployed for six months or more. These provide an allowance and training and can lead to a job and further training through the CITB-Construction Skills. Contact your local Jobcentre Plus for details.

The Institute of Carpenters (IOC) offer various craft awards for carpenters/joiners looking to enhance their range of skills and qualifications. For details, contact IOC below.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


Carpenters and joiners work for construction companies, local authorities, public organisations and shopfitting companies. Many are self-employed and work on a sub-contract basis for contractors, with some contracts offering the chance to work overseas. It may be possible for carpenters and joiners to progress to technician-level and construction management, or to move into a specialised area of work such building restoration or furniture making.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) agrees minimum wage rates annually.

Salaries can range from £17,000 to £26,000 a year for qualified carpenter/joiners.

Overtime and shift allowances will supplement income.

Self-employed carpenters and joiners negotiate their own rates.

Further information:

CITB-Construction Skills
Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577

The Institute of Carpenters (IOC)
c/o The Building Crafts College
Kennard Road
E15 1AH

Other Useful Carpenter Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Carpenter job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Carpenter Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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