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UK Skills Shortage Occupation Two Orchestral Musician

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This is the second instalment in a series of blogs that provide information on occupational roles that UK employers struggle to fill and here we take a look at the role of orchestral musician.

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.

A shortage of musicians

Whilst you may be aware of skills shortages in STEM you may be less alert to the skills gaps that exist in creative fields such as music. Specifically, the UK has a shortage of classical, orchestral musicians to perform with our great orchestras and these professional musician positions often have to be filled by musicians from outside the UK.
It goes without saying that you need to have a great deal of musical talent and ability to succeed as a professional musician at this level. You will also need a tremendous amount of dedication to your art as it takes practice and time to maintain as well as develop your skills.
Musical education and skills

For a career as an orchestral musician you will more than likely have developed your skills from an early age. You will also have developed a classical repertoire, taken graded music exams covering both practical performance and music theory and trained at a conservatoire or university.
Aside from musical training and ability the following skills are necessary for a career as an orchestral musician:

• Self-motivation, discipline and perseverance
• Confidence for performing in front of an audience
• Reliability
• Team working skills

Expected salary for a musician

Classical musicians can work on TV, film, on the radio or on the stage either live or pre-recorded. The average salary for a classical musician is between £23,000 and £29,000 for someone starting out and for a principal musician salaries average up to £40,000.
Working hours can be long, can include evenings and weekends and might include travel in the UK and abroad.

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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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