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Practical  |  Logical  |  Technical  |  Team worker

A Weaver produces woven fabric and material in a production environment, typically using highly technical, computerised looms. They need to be practical and logical and have the ability to work alone or as part of a team.

What would you do?

A Weaver working in textile production operates, monitors and maintains highly technical computerised weaving looms to manufacture woven fabrics and materials. They may operate a range of different loom types, programming the looms and setting them up for production. They must ensure the machines are running efficiently and identify problems quickly. They work with various yarns and materials, and must monitor cloth production to ensure quality.

Day to day tasks

  • Setting up, monitoring and feeding yarn into the looms
  • Troubleshoot any technical problems
  • Overseeing the production process & recording defects
  • Reading and following work specifications & documentation

Did you know?

Whilst the UK Textile industry is known for its heritage, we also make textiles for Formula 1, Astronauts and the military.

Where would you work?

Textile manufacturing businesses of all sizes may employ Weavers. The job is based in the production area of a factory or workshop. The textile manufacturing environment is typically well lit and well ventilated with the sound of lots of machines at work. 

What would you be paid?

Typical working week


Average pay​

£19.5- 0 k
per annum

For a typical working week of approximately 39 hours, which could be split into a shift pattern:

  • A Weaver starting salary on average is £19,500-£24,000 per year
  • An experienced Weaver salary on average is £24,000-£34,000 per year

Pay rates vary depending on experience, location and the size of the company. Additional benefits may include pension and health care. Many companies offer overtime, shift premiums and bonuses in order to meet deadlines, this can include night shifts.

Will you need qualifications or training?

Experienced is preferred, however some employers offer training to new textile manufacturing operatives and qualifications are not required. Training is delivered on the job, either on the production floor or in a training section.

A Textile Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship is available for those wishing to train on the job.

Qualifications and courses relating to this job role are offered by a number of awarding organisations and training providers.

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What are the career prospects?

With experience and training, you could progress into Senior Weaver, Team Leader, Trainer or Quality Control positions. You could also move into technical management or textile technology.

Why work in textiles?

The UK textile industry has an international reputation for quality and heritage and is an industry that is thriving and constantly developing, with textile innovation in the UK ranked number three in the world. The UK’s world-class textile manufacturing base is growing, thriving and continually investing. 

From fabric used in Savile Row suits, to bedding used in the worlds best hotels, to technical fabrics used in space, Formula 1 and the battlefield, the UK textile industry is world leading. There are many different careers in this sector and there are many opportunities for career progression.

Wage information correct at date of editing, March 2023.

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