Hair & Beauty


If you are looking for a rewarding and diverse career that can bring you not only creativity, glamour and excitement, but the real rewards of hard work and dedication, then this is the industry for you. 0.87% of the total UK workforce is made up of the hair and beauty industry.

The hair and beauty industry employs more than 245,000 people and has an annual turnover in the region of £6.2 billion.

The sector offers a range of job opportunities and careers, which include; nails, beauty, hair and spa, and specialisms in areas such as:

  • African Caribbean Hair
  • Aromatherapy
  • Barbering
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Massage
  • Nail Technician.

Many people are employed within the hair and beauty industry and you could find yourself working in a number of exciting places, including:

  • Airline Industry
  • Cruise Ships
  • Health Farms
  • Holiday Resorts
  • Luxury Hotels and Spa’s
  • TV, Film and Theatre.

You can see lots more job roles and their profiles by visiting the National Careers Service site.

Many people working in the sector, 42%, are self-employed, so if you like the ideas of working for yourself, a hair and beauty qualification could be the start of your very own enterprise.

This is an incredibly diverse and exciting sector to work within. There are so many different opportunities available, so if you like meeting people and are creative and have a flair for design this could be the sector for you!

You can enter the sector in a number of ways, including:

  • Full-time / part-time college courses/ school leaver
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher National Certificates (HNC)
  • Higher National Diplomas (HND)
  • Foundation Degree
  • Bachelors Degree

Many local training providers offer a wide range of training and qualifications to support you in gaining the job you want – everything from Barber to Hairdresser, to Spa Manager and Beautician, through to Nail Technician and Aromatherapist. Visit our members page where you can access more information on specific providers.

Are you an employer interested in taking on an apprentice? Help and support are available via the Government Employing an Apprentice web page.

Are you an individual looking for an Apprenticeship? You can find all the latest vacancies by visiting the Find an Apprenticeship page.