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BEAUTY TIPS; Hair trade is fair trade.

Byline: TRICIA PHILLIPS

HAIR today, gone tomorrow? Not the beauty business, which is bucking the economic trend and showing strong growth.

Purse strings are tight across the country but experts say that one place we're not cutting back is hair and beauty - where more than 5,000 attractive jobs are up for grabs at any one time.

Hotel and city spa development is still on the up and women, in particular, are spending more than ever on hair and beauty products, so this multi-billion pound industry really needs the right staff with the right stuff.

The business offers jobs in locations from salons to spas, hotels or cruise ships. You could even work in a hospital, a prison, an airline or on a military base

"Hairdressers and beauty therapists can take their pick from many top jobs, whether it's preparing supermodels, working on magazines and photoshoots, or tending to the rich and famous," says Alan Goldsbro, of Habia, the hairdressing and beauty industry authority.

It could also lead to setting up your own business with a salon or visiting clients in their homes.

"It's a career with a clear progression from salon trainee onwards," says Alan. "The hours can be long and unsociable, and wages can be low to begin but the long-term rewards more than make up for it.

"After all, there aren't many professions were you have the chance of running your own business within a few years."

And the great news is that once you start working in the industry you'll feel the benefits: hairdressers and beauticians regularly top polls of happiest workers.

PAY

Trainee hairdressers earn the national minimum wage, which varies depending on age. Fully trained hairdressers can earn up to pounds 20,000 a year and top hairdressers and stylists can earn pounds 30,000-plus.

Beauty therapists typically earn between pounds 12,000 and pounds 17,000. Salon managers can earn over pounds 20,000 while experienced nail technicians can earn up to pounds 25,000.

QUALIFICATIONS

You can train for a career in the hair and beauty industry either full-time or parttime at a college, by working as a trainee or learning on the job. To become a fully qualified hairdresser you must complete the following...

NVQ levels 1, 2 and 3 in Hairdressing or NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Barbering.

To start work as a qualified beauty therapist you would need at least a level 3 qualification in...

City & Guilds Diploma in Beauty Therapy, Edexcel National Certificate and Diploma in Beauty Therapy Sciences, VTCT Advanced Diploma in Beauty Therapy or an NVQ in Beauty Therapy.

You can also get into the industry through an apprenticeship. For more information on apprenticeships, visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

CONTACTS

Freelance Hair and Beauty Federation (FHBF) www.fhbf.org.uk.

Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) www.habia.org.

Jobcentre Plus http://jobseekers.direct.gov.uk.

Where the jobs are

Jobcentre Plus, http:// jobseekers.direct.gov. uk, is a good starter.

"There are around 2,000 vacancies in hair and beauty at Jobcentre Plus every month," says Sue Vezspremi, from Jobcentre Plus.

"It's a career that combines glamour and excitement with the real rewards of hard work."

We found beauty therapist jobs, salon roles and nail technicians around the country.

Many salaries are negotiable depending on experience, while others offer the mini-mum wage: pounds 5.80 (for 22s plus).

At www.totaljobs.com we spotted another 2,000 jobs. These included a beauty department manager in London (pounds 26,000), a skin and beauty consultant in Basingstoke (pounds 14,000, plus commission), and beauty therapist in Devon (pounds 15,000).

Spa jobs included a manager in Chester (negotiable), an accounts clerk in a Warwickshire hotel and spa (pounds 18,000, plus benefits) and a reservations manager in Milton Keynes (up to pounds 21,000).

3 www.hairandbeautyjobs.com had nearly 1,000 jobs. Fitness First gyms and health clubs is looking for beauty therapists, sports therapists, nail technicians and Botox therapists.

www.spaandleisurejobs.co.uk has great jobs including a spa therapist in Hilton's Southampton hotel (salary on application), a beauty therapist in Hemel Hempstead and a nail technician for On Board Spa Company (negotiable).

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