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£10,400 Average salary at age 20
£23,400 Average Salary
42 Average hours per week


Butchers direct and undertake the slaughter of animals and prepare carcasses for storage, processing and sale.

Main Tasks

  • Slaughters animal and removes skin, hide, hairs, internal organs, etc.;
  • Cuts or saws carcasses into manageable portions;
  • Removes bones, gristle, surplus fat, rind and other waste material;
  • Cuts carcass parts into chops, joints, steaks, etc. for sale;
  • Prepares meat for curing or other processing; cleans tools and work surfaces.


There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically by apprenticeship. NVQs/SVQs are available at Levels 2 and 3. Professional qualifications are also available.

UK Prospects

27300 Workforce Size
8.33% Predicted decline 2022 - 2027
6562 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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