The amount of money that an electrician can make will be determined by a lot of factors. It may be determined by location, whether you are self-employed or working as a contractor and the number of hours worked. Electricians tend to be the best paid tradesmen which is why many people want to do the job.
What the Job Involves
The main job that electricians have to do is to test, install and maintain electrical equipment, wiring, fixtures, apparatus and appliances. This could for power, lighting or security as well as other things. It will also include coming up with plans on how to do wiring and fittings, installing initial wiring in a property, known as first fix and then connecting these wires to lights, sockets, power supplies etc known a second fix. Fuse boxes and circuit breakers may also be fitted. Testing is also a big part of the job as not only with malfunctioning systems have to be tested to identify the faults but a certificate has to be issued after every job to show that things have been fully tested.
Skills and Qualifications
To be able to work in the field you will need to be a qualified electrician. This means that you will need Electrician, Electrotechnical NVQs Levels 2-3. This is a work based assessment so there is no written exam. If you are completely new to the job there are some professional qualifications that you could do first such as a domestic electrician course or a professional electrician course. These are both for those with no experience and will give you both practical and theoretical training.
As electricians often work directly with customers they will need good people skills. They will need to be polite and friendly as well as professional. Many electricians visit people in their homes and so they will need to be able to drive.
Electricians can be self-employed or they may work for a company. Being self-employed or running a business will need extra knowledge of accounting, law, marketing and things like that so a course on running a business or a lot of online learning would be needed to be able to make a success of this.
Pay will vary depending on whether you are working for yourself or a company. The starting salary is estimated to be about £18,000 which will rise with experience. This could go up to £28,000 depending on location and the specific company that you are working for. It may be the case that you can earn more being self-employed as there will not be someone else taking the profits, but you will be responsible for your own vehicle, insurance, marketing, book keeping etc which have associated costs as well. You will also have to pay for any training courses that you need to go on which, if you worked for a company, would be paid for by them. If you do courses, it should mean that you will get an increase in pay, however, if you are self-employed, this may not be the case.