The beauty therapy industry is growing fast, it’s no surprise that more people are looking to tap into this industry.
The beauty therapy industry in the UK is growing fast. Worth around £17 billion and employing over a million people, it is no surprise that more people are looking to tap into this lucrative industry. With all kinds of beauty therapy courses on offer, it can be easy to become confused about which is the right course and at one point you can start to practice safely as a beauty therapist.
There is also a lot of conflicting information regarding a beauty therapist salary too; some people will tell the earning potential is limitless, whereas other will tell you it is low paid.
Why is beauty therapy on the rise?
Grooming is a basic human need. Looking and feeling good about ourselves is something that is important to everyone on some level. Being clean, with a pleasant smell and nice looking skin, etc. all form a human need, as can be seen in Maslow’s Hierarchy. High up on the lists of needs is self-esteem; how we look and feel about ourselves is an underpinning factor.
Thus, more people are turning to professional beauty therapists for pampering, as well as for specific therapies and treatments.
Are you cut out to be a beauty therapist?
As a beauty therapist, you will carry out all kinds of facial and body treatments for you clients. You will need to be open and friendly, as well as a good listener. You will also need to deliver treatments in a way that make the client feel relaxed and confident in your ability.
You will be using various treatments and products, some of which will contain chemicals and so it is vital that before you start practicing as a beauty therapist that you undergo formal training.
Working hours and conditions
In effect, beauty therapy in a high street salon tends to be a 9 to 5 role, with the possibility of Saturday work too. However, more salons and clinics are realising that they need to extend their opening hours, and so there may be times when you finish at 7 or 8 pm some evenings.
All beauty salons and clinics operate differently Thus, when you apply for a vacancy, you should check the hours of work.
Regarding venues for work, there are all kinds of places you will find salons; from the high street to a clinic being part of a hotel chain, on cruise ships, gyms and so on.
A beauty therapist salary
Again, this will vary but in a high street beauty salon, most therapists will earn between £12,000 and £17,000 a year. This may increase in some capital cities. Salon managers can make around £20,000.
This is a basic figure, to give you an idea of what you could earn but, there are ways that you can boost your income:
- In some salons, therapists are paid a commission on products that they sell
- As you become more experienced, you may find your salary increases incrementally
But, to really boost your beauty therapist salary, we recommend that you regularly look to update and specialise in certain beauty treatments. Brands and manufacturers are always increasing their range of products and treatment, and by training in a specialist area, you could significantly boost your income.
Start your own business
There is scope for anyone with all the relevant qualifications to start their own business. Although there are no guarantees of success, the fact that the beauty industry is growing at a steady rate each year highlights there is a growing demand for beauty therapy treatments.
Some people go on to open their salon or clinic, whereas others offer their services on a mobile basis. Effectively, they will visit clients in their home. There is also scope for therapists to offer their services to the care sector too.
Clearly, the financial reward from this can be significantly higher than working for someone else, but you will also need to ensure paperwork is completed, tax paid, products order, promotional campaigns and so on.
The importance of qualifications
Being qualified is essential but making sure that the initial qualification you study is recognised and accredited across the industry is important too. As a minimum, you should be looking at a level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy and then look to either increase the level of the diploma, or look at specialist courses.
You may also need to arrange professional liability insurance if you decide to become self-employed and run your own beauty therapy business.
Being a beauty therapist can be an incredibly rewarding career. Do you have what it takes?