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Hairdressers and barbers

Average National Salaries (2020)

Age 20

£10,400 pile of coins

Age 35

£17,160 pile of coins

Age 50

£18,720 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £10,920

What does this career do?

Hairdressers and barbers shampoo, cut, colour, style and treat hair.

Typical tasks

  • discusses customer requirements, analyses hair condition and other relevant features to define and advise on hair style
  • washes, conditions, bleaches, tints or dyes hair and provides any necessary basic scalp treatments
  • cuts and trims hair using scissors, clippers, razor and comb
  • combs, brushes, blow-dries or sets wet hair in rollers to style or straighten
  • shaves and trims beards and moustaches
  • collects payment, arranges appointments and cleans and tidies salon
  • maintains client records and keeps up-to-date with new products, styles and techniques
  • ensures hair products are stored and used appropriately and observes relevant health and safety factors
  • demonstrates, sells and recommends hair care products to clients and advises them on hair care.

Current entry requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements for entry, although some colleges require candidates to possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is provided off- and on-the-job and lasts up to three years leading to the awarding of NVQs/SVQs at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are also available.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed


Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Full-time

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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