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UK Skills Shortage Occupation 20 Pipe Welder

Pipe Welder

This is the 20th instalment 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 pipe welder.

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 endeavor to provide information on where the greatest demand for the occupations and skills exist geographically.

What does a pipe welder do?

Pipe welders join metal pipes together. They cut and shape pipes using power saws and other tools. Pipe welders usually work in construction and engineering, transport, automotive, aerospace and offshore oil and gas.

Pipe welding is a highly skilled job and as such being certified is important. Sometimes pipe welding is used to transport hazardous materials and as such you don’t want the pipes joined incorrectly.

How do you become a welder?

An apprenticeship might be a good way of starting your career as a welder. You would get to learn the job from experienced welders, developing your technical skills whilst gaining the necessary qualifications to become certified.

Maths skills and the ability to understand technical drawings / plans are important and if you are going to consider underwater welding as a career you will need diver training.

Starting salaries are between £16,000 to £19,000 and a highly experienced welder could earn around £35,000.

See skills shortage occupation 19

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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