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UK Skills Shortage Occupation 16 Cable Jointer

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This is the sixteenth in a series of blogs that provide information on occupational roles that employers struggle to fill. In this article we take a look at the role of the cable jointer.

In this series of blogs, we will be taking a look at skills shortages in the UK as published by, a leading international immigration consultancy firm. The occupations that we will cover in this series are listed as those where the skills shortage is such that employers struggle to fill the roles to such an extent that jobs on this list do not need to be advertised before they can be offered to a non-EEA (European Economic Area) immigrant.

There are regional differences in the skills and occupations where employers are experiencing shortages and throughout this series we will endeavour to provide information on where the greatest demand for the occupations and skills exist geographically.

What does a cable jointer do?

A cable jointer is sometimes called an electricity distribution worker. Cable jointers maintain and repair over and underground power lines and cables that supply electricity to homes and businesses.

Day to day you would test equipment and keep it in good working order, install and remove cables and components and configure electrical systems.

How do you get a job as a cable jointer?

For work of this kind you need to have normal colour vision and you need to be okay with working high up.

Studying electrical engineering at school, college or through an apprenticeship would be a good way of getting into this career. At GCSE level, maths and physics are important. You’ll also need:

  • A practical approach and skills
  • The ability to work alone and on your initiative
  • Problem solving ability

Pay for cable jointers

The average starting salary for a cable jointer is £16,000, rising to around £35,000 with experience.

See skills shortage occupation 17






About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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