This area of the forum is to help electricians find jobs and work, and promote their business and skills to potential customers. We've only recently created this area so we're working on it constantly and will keep updating it to ensure we're doing our best to optimise the area so that the maximum amount of traffic can get to it from search engines and other areas of the forum, and our network of forums in general.
We've got a couple of areas for you to checkout.
Directory of Electricians
We've created a directory for electricians to add their business details to. Customers can use this area to search for their local electricians and contact them directory to ask for an estimate/quote for the work that they have coming up. The electricians directry is still quite new so we're encouraging electricians to add their business details ongoing. Some areas are already ranking on the first page of Google with no or very few actual electrical businesses listed in their respective categories. Head over to the directory to add your business, or find an electrician local to you.
Electricians Looking for Work and Jobs
If you're looking for work and have specific skills, or perhap are available for work on certain dates, or would like to relocate etc, then post your details in this forum area.
List Your Job for Domestic Electricians to Find
If you have a job you need doing by a domestic electrician, then please post the details of the job, the area the job is in, and any other specific details about the job in this area.
List Your Jobs for Commercial and Industrial Electricians to Find
Similar to the domestic electrican job category, this area of the forum is for commercial and/or industrial electricians. Post details of the job, the area it's in, the timescale it needs completing etc, and then let professional electricians contact you about the works and jobs available.
Electricians fit and repair electrical circuits and wiring in people's homes and businesses. They also install and maintain electrical equipment, instruments and machinery.
If you are good with practical work, can follow technical plans and want a varied job, this could be a great career for you.
You'll also need to be well organised and understand the importance of safety regulations.
To qualify as an electrician you will need to complete industry-recognised training and qualifications. A common way to do this is through an apprenticeship.
Electricians work in a very wide range areas, from bringing power to people's homes to major engineering projects. They also work with renewable technology, such as wind turbines, 'smart' heating systems and photovoltaic systems that produce solar power.
As an electrician, you would install, inspect and test equipment, make sure that electrotechnical systems work, and find and fix faults.
Electrotechnical careers are divided into different roles:
- installation electrician - installing power systems, lighting, fire protection, security and data-network systems in all types of buildings
- maintenance electrician - checking systems regularly to make sure that they are working efficiently and safely
- electrotechnical panel builders - building and installing control panels that operate the electrical systems inside buildings
- machine repair and rewind electrician - repairing and maintaining electrical motors and other machinery like transformers to make sure that they work correctly
- highway systems electrician - installing and maintaining street lighting and traffic management systems that tell the public what they need to know when they’re on the roads and motorways
You can work in all kinds of buildings, including homes, offices, shops and sports stadiums. You may also supervise other people in a team.
Working hours and conditions
You will normally work a basic 37.5-hour week, Monday to Friday, with the possibility of overtime. You may work shifts, or you may be on call where 24-hour cover is provided.
You will travel from job to job, which may include contracts that take you away from home for periods of time. A driving licence will be useful.
Depending on your exact role, you may have to work in cramped spaces to reach electrical cabling and equipment, and you may sometimes work at heights on scaffolding, for example on a construction site.
Newly-qualified electricians may earn between £19,000 and £22,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to between £23,000 and £30,000.
Some employers pay more, and you might get bonuses and overtime pay. Your salary will vary depending on your employer and where you live in the UK.
There are national set rates to cover travelling time, travel expenses and accommodation costs.
Figures are intended as a guideline only.
To qualify as an electrician, you need an industry-recognised level 3 qualification, such as:
- Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Electrotechnical Services (Electrical Maintenance)
- Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment)
- Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installations (Buildings and Structures) if part of an apprenticeship
The first two qualifications in the list are accredited by the awarding bodies, City & Guilds and EAL. The third qualification is accredited by City & Guilds.
These qualifications are normally completed while you are working. You may also need extra training if you want to do specialist work like installing environmental technology systems like solar panels.
A common route into this work is to do an electrotechnical apprenticeship. This combines learning on the job with study at a college or training centre. It normally takes two to four years to become fully qualified.
The range of apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market and the types of skills employers need from their workers. To find out more, visit the apprenticeships website.
You can prepare for working in this industry by taking a part-time or full-time college training course. Courses will cover basic electrical theory, industry health and safety and give you some of the practical skills needed for a trainee job. Courses include:
- Level 1 Diploma in Electrical Installation
- Level 2 Intermediate Diploma in Electrical Installation.
These courses can be used as a springboard to higher level qualifications, an apprenticeship scheme or may help when looking for work in the industry as a trainee.
Overseas qualified electricians
If you have qualified as an electrician outside the UK, you should register for the Joint Industry Board’s Electrotechnical Card Scheme (ECS). The card is proof that you meet the standard of qualifications and skills needed to work as an electrician in the UK. See the ESC for more details.
- Electrotechnical Card Scheme (FAQs)
Training and development
If you are already working as an electrician but do not yet have a qualification, you may be able to have your existing skills, knowledge and experience assessed against industry-recognised qualifications. The qualification you gain will depend on the results of your assessment and the completion of any further training you may be asked to do. Contact local colleges and training centres for advice.
Once working, your employer may ask you to take further qualifications, including:
- Periodic Inspection and Testing
- 17th Edition (IET) Wiring Regulations
Portable Appliance Testing
To carry out portable appliance testing (also known as PAT testing), you will need to be classed as a competent person. Competency is shown by your qualifications and/or relevant experience.
The Award in the In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment is a common training choice for PAT testing that meets the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Codes of Practice. This qualification is awarded by EAL and City & Guilds. Check the PAT Testing Information site, EAL and City & Guilds for more information.
Electrical Safety and Part P
Part P of the Building Regulations states that certain types of household electrical work must be approved by a certified contractor or building inspector. You can certify your own work by completing a short Part P training course. See the Part P contacts in More information for details about certification training, entry requirements and information about the electrical work that requires approval.
With further training, you could install and maintain renewable energy technologies, for example photovoltaic systems (solar panels) and small-scale wind turbines. To find out more about this type of work, see the SummitSkills website.
- SummitSkills (Opportunities in sustainable energy)
Further options for professional development include taking higher-level qualifications such as a foundation degree, HND or degree in areas like building services engineering, electrical engineering or renewable energy technologies.
You can search for courses on the UCAS website.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has a membership scheme, which gives access to advice and information on career development options. See the IET website for more details.
Skills, interests and qualities
To be an electrician, you should have:
- good practical skills
- an ability to follow technical drawings, building plans and wiring diagrams
- an ability to work carefully, methodically and safely
- a head for heights and willingness to work in all sorts of weather
- a willingness to work in confined spaces
- good written and spoken communication skills
- an ability to work in a team as well as on your own
- a flexible approach
- good problem-solving skills
- an ability to plan and organise other people's work, and motivate them
Tel: 08000 688336
Electrical Contractors Association
Part P Self-Certification Schemes:
NICEIC Domestic Installer Scheme
Tel: 0870 013 0382
Tel: 0870 749 0080
British Standards Institution
Tel: 01442 278607
National Association for Professional Inspectors & Testers — Training
Tel: 0870 444 1392