There are many ways you can utilise your skills and knowledge as a qualified electrician.
These pages will guide you through the pros and cons of each of the careers available to qualified electricians.
As a qualified electrician, you can:
- Get employed
- Become a self-employed subcontractor
- Become a Sole Trader with a small business
- Or start an Electrical Contracting firm.
Whichever route you choose there are pros and cons for each and every one. You might like the simplicity of being employed or you might want to maximise your earning potential and start an electrical contracting company with many employees. Or you could do something between the two and be self employed or a sole trader. In order to help you choose, let’s explore these options in detail.
Being employed is the first choice for many electricians. You might not even have to be fully qualified to find work as an electrician. Some firms employ electricians without the Inspection and Testing qualification. Of course paycheck/salary will reflect your qualifications and skills level.
In 2014, nationally (without London where it is about 30% higher) you can expect to earn between £10-15 per hour as an employed electrician. This may not sound like much, but you do get the benefits of a regular salary, holiday pay and sick pay.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of being employed is the fact that after your daily contracted hours you are really free to focus on your personal life, family or whatever else you like. This and a reliable salary make the employed route an easy option for most electricians.
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