Hairdressers and barbers shampoo, cut, colour, style and treat hair.
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.
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.
Estimated Pay Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).
Unemployment Data The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.
Projected Employment Levels