When considering a career in the gas industry, one of the first questions you’re likely to ask yourself is “how much can I earn as a gas engineer?” As someone entering the trade as a beginner, realistically you won’t be at the top of the pay range straight away. However, with hard work, your pay will increase over time. As a gas engineer, you have the choice of working for a company or going self-employed. Both of which have their pros and cons in terms of stability and finances.
What Does The Training Involve?
The gas engineer courses available at Options Skills are designed to cater for a range of people with varying skill sets. Beginners with no previous experience to those already working in the trades industry as electricians or plumbers will find they can easily get into the course. Tutors with years of industry experience deliver high-quality training. The course will include a combination of both practical skills and theoretical knowledge, with assessments in the final stage of training. Ultimately, the gas course you undertake will lead you becoming a registered gas safe engineer.
What Will I Be Trained To Do?
Training to become a domestic gas engineer includes a variety of different gas qualifications. These include CCN1 – Core Gas Safety; CENWAT – Central Heating Boilers; CKR1 – Gas Cookers; HTR1 – Gas Fires; CPA1 – Flue Gas Analysers. Through training, you will become a domestic gas engineer with the ability to work on home appliances.
How Much Can I Earn As A Gas Engineer?
How much you earn as a gas engineer varies, however, the average annual income is a substantial £32,500. That’s £5,000 more than the average UK salary. However, as with any skilled position, there is a potential to increase your salary even further. Depending on your skills, customer service and dedication, the rate you charge can increase and you should never be short of work. A top-earning gas engineer can expect to earn anything up to £60,000 a year – which is more than double the UK average salary.
Employed Or Self-Employed?
There are both benefits and negative of working as an employee of someone else and working for yourself. Self-employment boasts many benefits. These include setting your own working hours, working where you choose to and who for, and you’ll set your own rate of pay. This means that it is your responsibility to arrange jobs and keep customers coming back. Holiday/sick pay will not be paid and monthly earnings may fluctuate.
Being an employee of a company will mean you have a steady stream of work, set working hours and a set salary. Statutory holiday entitlement and sick leave are paid as per your contract. As an employee, you have less say over what jobs you do and where. You will also have to adhere to the working hours of the company.
It’s up to you which route you choose to take. The great benefit of working in the trade industry is the freedom. You can try self-employment and employment, deciding which suits you best.