Number of electricians and electrical fitters in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2019

The number of electricians and electrical fitters employed in the United Kingdom has been fluctuating over the years. In 2019, there were roughly 259,000 people working in said professions, which was a slight decrease from the 265,000 registered in the previous year. Between 2010 and 2019, the highest number of electricians was recorded in 2011.
Demand for electricians was high. The rise of green technologies had birthed a need for those skilled in the implementation and maintenance of respective products. The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership estimated that an additional 15,000 electricians were needed. As of the end of 2018, renewable electricity had a combined installed capacity of 44,425 megawatts, having grown in every quarter of the year.

Future of electrotechnical industry

According to a 2018 survey among employers in the electrical contracting industry, the electrotechnical sector would see many structural changes due to new technological advances. 38 percent of respondents also anticipated green energy and renewables to play a part in transforming the industry.

The UK workforce at a glance

When looking at the overall workforce within the UK, the greatest number of jobs were found in the wholesale and retail trade sector. By comparison, those carrying out professional scientific and technical activities numbered 3.05 million.

Total number of electricians and electrical fitters in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

September 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019*

Special properties

UK households

Supplementary notes

*April 2018 to March 2019

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