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Fence Erector 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 a Fence Erector. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

Fence erectors decide upon the suitability of fencing and its best location depending on the purpose it serves. Types of fence include light security fencing, panel and domestic fencing, high security fencing, vehicle and motorway safety fencing and stock fencing. They are used in a range of locations such as homes and gardens, factories and industrial storage premises, airfields, prisons, sports grounds, forest and trust property, farms, and on roads, motorways and bridges.

Prior to installation, information about ground levels, underground services and sub-structures is obtained, along with checks to ensure that planning regulations have been complied with, particularly where trees have to be felled or lopped to accommodate the fencing. Safety measures such as temporary signs and barriers must be in place before work on preparing the ground can begin. This involves digging and levelling by hand or mechanical digger, and back-filling holes for support posts with concrete.

The fencing material is then installed. This may be steel mesh, chain-link, galvanised wire, wire rope, timber or steel girders. The fence wires would typically be joined and tensioned with wire joiners such as gripples, and a finishing coat of paint or preservative applied.

Other aspects of the work include the ordering, receipt and storage of fencing materials, occasional use of heavy machinery, and ensuring statutory regulations regarding health and safety are observed.

Hours and Environment

Fence erectors usually work 39 hours a week, with overtime and weekend work as required.

Work is outside in all weathers, and involves digging and lifting heavy materials. Protective clothing is worn, as are ear protectors if using noisy equipment.

As the work involves travel to different sites, a driving licence is essential.

Skills and Interests

To be a fence erector you need:

  • to be physically fit to cope with strenuous work
  • practical skills for using hand tools
  • the ability to use mechanical plant such as mini-excavators and drills
  • practical ability in wood and metalwork
  • mathematical ability to calculate material requirements
  • to be able to work as part of a team.


There are no specific educational qualifications for fence erecting, but a good standard of general education is essential. Some GCSE (A-D)/S grades (1-4) in subjects such as maths and English would be an advantage.


Training is usually provided by employers and is on-the-job.

Lantra Awards offer an NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Fence Erection. They also work closely with the highways industry and provide a Fencing Industry Skills Scheme (FISS). The FISS provides a framework to encourage operatives working within the fencing industry to develop their skills and achieve recognised levels of competence.

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).


Fence erectors are employed across the country, working in teams for small companies or large international construction groups building roads or airports. Some fence erectors are self-employed.

Promotion to supervisor, estimator or foreman/woman is possible within a larger organisation.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. Much would depend upon the type of job and the size of the project.

A newly qualified fence erector could earn £12,000 a year.
Experienced fence erectors earn about £15,000.

Opportunities for overtime and weekend working are also available.

Some fence erectors work for large organisations, including government departments, where wage rates are regulated. Others work for small companies or are self-employed, and can negotiate their own rates.

Further information

Lantra House
Tel: 0845 707 8007

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is 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 Fence Erector Work Information

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