£14,040 Average salary at age 20
£24,960 Average Salary
45 Average hours per week


Workers in this unit group make and repair shoes, cut out, make up, sew, decorate and finish leather and leather substitute goods other than garments.

Main Tasks

  • Uses hand tools or machine to cut out, trim, punch holes in or stitch guide lines on leather or leather substitute component parts;
  • Positions leather and rubber footwear component parts on lasts and shapes and joins uppers to insoles and soles;
  • Uses hand tools or machine to make up and repair saddles, harnesses, belts, straps and other leather products;
  • Uses hand and machine tools to sew and stitch leather and/or other material in the making and decoration of footwear and leather goods other than garments;
  • Prepares paper or paperboard master patterns of component parts of footwear;
  • Waxes, cleans and finishes footwear and other leather goods.


There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is mainly on?the-job. NVQs/SVQs are available in some areas.

UK Prospects

5600 Workforce Size
4.77% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
805 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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