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A beauty therapist is a specialist who works in salons, barbershops or even health centres by attending to the features of his/her clients. For short, they are beauty specialists who take care of how people look by applying chemicals, toners or physical massage to relieve muscle cramps or tension.
Regrettably however, they are among the poorest earners in most societies like the United Kingdom, for instance. They are adjudged to be among the poorest earners in the United Kingdom, by way of placing their take home pays side by side with those of other professional workers.
Though in fairness to the profession, individual skills, depth of training and the time devoted to the work, may all help to change the narrative of this dismal income. Beauty therapists are also known to engage in the buying and selling of equipment or chemicals that are used in their work.
This buying and selling may be in small quantities or in bulk, depending on the individual’s financial muscle, but which is very important if we must do justice to our topic question. All these make the issue of how much they earn very difficult to answer without looking at it from all the possible angles.
How much they earn, is in essence, related to all the activities they do in their profession that earn them any income and not just from their salaries. We shall however discuss them all for a fuller and more effective coverage. There are also other very important factors to put into consideration, if we must arrive reliably on how much they earn as professionals.
How Much Does A Beauty Therapist Earn In The United Kingdom?
There are about three different levels of qualifications for beauty therapists in the United Kingdom, which are: levels one, level two and level three. Level one qualification is that level occupied by beauty therapists who are least versatile since they can perform the fewest and simplests tasks which invariably means that end up getting the most meagre payment in comparison to all the others.
Furthermore, they have the least chances of employment due to the low demand for workers in their category. Essentially, level one beauty therapists have the lowest comparative income. All the same, even this category of workers, can earn a little more by doing more, despite their narrow areas of operation.
Progressively therefore, level two therapists earn higher than level one and level three earn the highest and they are equally in much more demand than the others. Reasons for this is that the employers of labour prefer to engage mainly those therapists who can execute the widest range of activities (and those in this level of qualification are that or even more).
Little wonder they are always in demand and are seldom out of work, despite their higher pay. What do these levels mean? You may ask. Well, in answer to that question, level three beauty therapists are qualified to execute a full range of job tasks safely and also effectively while level two can only work as spa assistants and perform only menial tasks like pedicures, manicures, waxing, tanning and facial treatments.
Level one, on the other hand, are only qualified to do even much less than the others and hence their most dismal income. Level three therapists, by extension therefore, enjoy the highest demand by employers of labour and also have the highest income. How much these beauty therapists earn is therefore a factor of their levels as well as how much they put their skills to work in their free moments, through private practice.
Nevertheless, as the topic question demands, we shall in this post, analyse how much they earn generally in the United Kingdom from paid employments and also from individual private practises they may go into. Judging from data obtained from major beauty therapists’ employers in the United Kingdom such as Superdrug, London College of Beauty Therapy and LDC, the average salary for a beauty therapist ranges from about ten to twenty one Pounds per hour.
This information was obtained from live statistics for beauty therapists in the data base for over one million job advertisements in the United Kingdom. Additionally, these salaries are also estimates based on thousands of salaries submitted anonymously by the beautician employees, their users and also from current and past job advertisements on Indeed in the last three years or thirty six(36) months.
If you analyse these salaries, you will eventually see that beauty therapists earn from twenty thousand Pounds per year for the least experienced, to about thirty thousand Pounds per year for the most experienced ones. For newbees or entry levels, they start at about sixteen thousand Pounds per year.
Beauty therapists, in the United Kingdom, are said to be among the ten most poorly paid workers quoting from current government figures. In fact, of the ten least paid categories of workers in the United Kingdom, beauty therapists are ranked seventh. This much fact was indeed revealed by the Office for National Statistics(ONS) in its Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings in its 2019 report.
On closer comparative analysis, the salaries of beauty therapists is about fourty percent lower than the national average advertised salary of thirty five thousand Pounds per annum and what is more, there job advertisements is equally about eighty percent lower than others.
How Much Does A Beauty Therapist Earn UK – Conclusion
Reflectively however, it can be argued that judging by the salaries they earn from their employers does not do much justice to what they earn as professionals generally. Depending on the number of activities any beauty therapist can perform, you can in essence make a good guess as what he/she can earn from private practice after work hours.
This is made all the more possible since in the United Kingdom, salons are opened Monday through to Saturdays from about nine in the morning (9:00am) to one in the afternoon (1:00pm) and this gives them enough time to make some money on the side, especially in the evenings. Furthermore, there is the chance to equally work in more than one place on shifts, thereby almost doubling one’s take home pay.
So it does more justice to say that any judgement on their incomes should be based on their individual skills, work hours and willingness to do a little more, since they have healthy working hours that permit such activities. There is also the matter of who your employers are in the determination of your earning, because the bigger the firm you work with, the more you are likely to earn.
For instance, companies like Superdrug, LDC and the London College of Beauty Therapy pay much higher than others of their kind. For this reason, your income is equally a factor of your employers and the size of their purses.
For effective and more indepth coverage of the topic, we should equally take into cognisance those online therapists (most especially from BetterHelp) that have established businesses of their own and hence do not earn from employers, but earn through selling their skills and expertise to customers and clients online.
This category of beauty therapists can make many times what their employed colleagues make in half as much time. Any success in this venture of personal business really comes down to how qualified you are and how well you satisfy those who patronise you, not to talk of how sound is your customer service.
Your earning is also dependent on how good the products you buy and supply, if you happen to venture into the supply of equipment and chemicals for beauty therapy. Afterall, this option is equally on the table and the choice is entirely yours to make. Really, if I may say, the earnings of a beauty therapist, like most other professionals, is determined by them and their willingness to improve their lot. It is what I may choose to call quid pro quo.