Butchers

£21,840

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

44

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

4.08%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

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

Qualifications

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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Butcher, master
Cutter, butcher's
Cutter, meat
Machinist, mincing
Operative, abattoir
Operator, saw, circular
Worker, house, slaughter
Slaughterer
Sawyer
Collector, blood
Manager, butchery
Knacker
Shecheta
Supervisor, meat (abattoir)
Skinner (food products mfr)
Trimmer, meat
Slaughterman
Butcher
Knackerman
Machinist, butcher's
Shopman-cutter
Cutter, shopman
Foreman, abattoir
Butcher, retail
Mincer, meat, sausage
Stunner
Hand, first (retail trade: butchers)
Dehairer, pig
Cleaner, meat
Shopman, butcher's
Shopman, meat
Killer
Dresser, meat
Butcher-manager
Skinner (slaughterhouse)
Worker, abattoir
Roller, bacon
Supervisor, butchery
Boner
Cutter (butcher's shop)
Cutter, bacon
Machinist, chopping
Sticker (slaughterhouse)
Worker, process (slaughterhouse)
Blockman (butchers)
Assistant, butcher's
Worker, slaughterhouse
Gutman
Shocket
Butcher-driver