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Electricity Distribution Worker 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 Electricity Distribution Worker. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

Electricity distribution workers build and maintain the network of overhead lines, underground cables and other equipment that brings electricity to homes, schools and businesses. There are three craft levels:

Jointers work on the underground cables, joining lengths of cable together, repairing them when necessary and connecting them to overhead lines or other parts of the system.

Linesmen or women build and repair the overhead lines, which are supported by wooden poles and steel pylons. They work at heights using ladders and safety harnesses.

Electrical fitters install, repair and maintain transformers in substations and machinery that controls, protects and monitors the electricity flow.

Some workers specialise in one of these levels or become multiskilled in some or all.

Hours and Environment

They normally work a 37-hour week which may include working some weekends. Overtime and standby duties are likely.

It is strenuous work, involving lifting, bending and carrying, often in dirty, muddy and oily conditions. Depending on the work, workers can be out in all weathers. Jointers work in trenches, often in cramped conditions. Some substations are indoors.

Skills and Interests

To be an electricity distribution worker you should:

  • enjoy working with your hands
  • be physically fit
  • be patient and able to pay attention to detail
  • have a basic knowledge of physics and maths to understand the principles of electricity distribution
  • be able to work on your own without supervision
  • have a good head for heights (if you're a linesman/woman)
  • have knowledge of safety regulations.


Employers set their own entry requirements. GCSEs (A*-C)/S grades (1-3) in maths, physics and CDT are useful. You'll also need normal colour vision. A current driving licence is useful and may be required.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority


Training would include off-the-job instruction in training centres as well as study for City & Guilds, BTEC, SQA or similar technical examinations.

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).


Regional electricity companies employ electricity distribution workers. Each company is responsible for its own recruitment.

Craft level workers, jointers, linesmen or women or fitters may be able to progress to a general supervisory job. They may need to obtain a relevant qualification.

Annual Income

As a guideline only.

New entrants earn around £7,450 per year.
With experience they can earn around £15,500.
Senior distribution workers can earn around £19,600.

Further information

Electricity Training Association *
30 Millbank
Tel: 020 7963 5700

Further information about training and vacancies is available from regional electricity companies offices - addresses in telephone directories.

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some will continue operating for several months. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

From March 2002, the Secretary of State for Education and Skills began licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

Other Useful Electricity Distribution Worker Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Electricity Distribution Worker 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.

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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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