Job of the Week – Butcher

Job of the Week- it’s been a while. But we’re back with something a little different for you!

This week’s weeks job profile is that of the Butcher. It’s a trade which has been around since time began and, with people making a conscious effort to eat local and eat healthy, it would appear to be on the rise again.

As people and restaurants alike seek to use locally sourced food more often the Butcher’s role is increasingly important.

As you can see in the table below, there are currently 5,743 Butchers employed in the Sheffield City Region and a over 100 further Butcher’s who are self-employed – loads of jobs!

Jobs (2016) % Change (2016-2021) Median Earnings
1,165 8.8% £8.50 per hour

Things are looking good though if you fancy a career as a Butcher! Over the next 5 years there will be 103 new jobs created in the Sheffield City Region. That’s on top of the normal turnover of vacancies from staff leaving their jobs and going elsewhere.

In the Sheffield City Region average earnings as a Butcher are around £8.50 per hour. Starting in the £12,500 -£16,000 a year bracket, a bit of experience can soon see this rise to between £16,500 and £22,000 or more a year. Stick it out long enough to be a Manager and you could be earning up to £30,000. Sounds alright that!

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Region 2016 Jobs 2021 Jobs % Change
Sheffield City Region 1,165 1,268 8.8%
Nation 35,277 36,796 4.3%

The table above compares the state of the trade compared to how it’s fairing nationally. As you can see, there is an increase in jobs nationally not just locally. That’s a great sign for the industry as it’s growing across the country, but even better for us in Sheffield as we’re growing even quicker!

Statistics are great. You know exactly what you’re getting but they don’t really tell you what kind of a person you need to be and what skills you’ll need to succeed. You want to be a little something like this…

  • Good practical skills
  • A high standard of personal cleanliness
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • Good communication and customer service skills
  • In-depth product knowledge
  • Good visual sense for counter and window displays
  • Maths skills for handling payments

There you have it. If you have a love of meat and fancy giving Butchery a crack then the industry is in a strong state for you. As if you’ve not already had enough good news, we at The Sheffield College offer a Butchery Apprenticeship, the perfect route in. If you’re interested, click here now!


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