Kitchen fitters install whole kitchens into people’s homes and commercial properties and workplaces. They measure and assemble each kitchen unit, cut and fit worktops including cornice and plinth.
The Role
  • Measuring out work areas according to the plans
  • Taking out old units
  • Knowing where the hidden pipes and cables are
  • Measuring and cutting
  • Building base units, wall units and larder units
  • Fitting cornice/pelmet and plinths and worktop cuts
  • Cutting out spaces for a sink and cooker hob
  • Completing the required mitre cuts and finish with a worktop edging
Salary
  • Newly trained kitchen fitters can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience kitchen fitters can earn in the region of £20,000 - £35,000
  • Senior/master craft kitchen fitters can earn in the region of £35,000 - £50,000
  • Self-employed kitchen fitters set their own pay rates
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
Qualifications & Training
There are no set qualifications that kitchen fitters need to have studied at school to begin a career in the industry. It helps, though, to have GCSEs including 9-4 (A*-C) in maths and English or equivalent such as Scottish Nationals or the Welsh Baccalaureate, to help with the calculations you do in the role. Many kitchen fitters have qualifications in other trades such as joinery, plumbing or electrical installation. Employers might take you on if you have experience in a related area such as carpentry, plastering or tiling. A good way into the job is through a construction apprenticeship with a local company.