The number of gyms operating in the UK has exceeded 7,000, so if you’re looking for personal trainer jobs, chances are you won’t have to look very far.
Annual sales revenues from personal training alone now exceed £650m. So not only is there a wealth of employment opportunity in this industry, but there’s also plenty of money to be made for PTs looking to establish themselves.
Research undertaken by HFE found that across the UK, there are over 12,000 personal training jobs currently being advertised. The highest concentration of these opportunities is in England, but there are still plenty of jobs also to be found in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Breaking these stats down by region, we found, as you might expect, that London comes out on top with over 2,000 vacancies.
If you’re looking for a personal job, whether this is in London, Manchester, Birmingham, or any other major city or town, then you’re in luck as there is no shortage of opportunities available.
Before we explore the volume of personal trainer jobs by area, it’s important to shed some light on the two main types of employment opportunity open to you as a qualified PT. You can either work for yourself on a self-employed basis or find work in a gym or health club as an employee.
If you’re unsure about the difference and which opportunity would best suit you, we encourage you to read our comprehensive employed vs self-employed guide. This article explores in more detail the pros and cons of both options and will give you the knowledge and confidence to make the decision that’s right for you.
As we alluded to earlier in this guide to personal trainer jobs, there are a wealth of vacancies available to personal trainers throughout the UK. We’ve summarised below the personal training opportunities we found in our research by region:
Northern Ireland – 90
North East – 326
North West – 1387
Yorkshire and Humber -1180
East Midlands – 655
West Midlands – 994
Wales – 216
East of England -1172
South West – 1217
South East – 2006
London – 2386
Pay and salary is always an important feature of any job because it determines your standard of living. Personal training is like other jobs and industries in the fact that geography, demand for the service, demographics and competition will play a crucial role in determining the rate of pay and salary that is available.
Our extensive research found that in the UK, active leisure employers are advertising their roles with an average salary of around £28,000. However, it’s important to note that some of these positions were advertised as self-employed roles where following an introductory period, you’d be required to rent the facilities to train their members.
Another route into the industry is to secure employed with a personal training agency. It’s here where the salary actually ramps up quite significantly. Our research has found that PT agencies are advertising vacancies at 159% higher than the gyms themselves. These companies, which include the likes of Your Personal Training and Pro-Fit Personal Training tend to offer a range of value adds, including mentorship, business support services and additional CPD opportunities.
We’ve also broken these salaries down by the major cities and it’s clear to see the wealth of opportunities that are available throughout the country:
• London – £31,868
• Manchester – £25,614
• Birmingham – £25,866
• Glasgow – £22,000
• Liverpool – £31,868
The majority of personal trainer jobs being advertised are what you might call ‘traditional’, so working on the gym floor with a mix other responsibility like membership sales, cleaning and covering group exercise classes. There are however a couple of other opportunities well worth considering for qualified personal trainers.
Firstly, there is an increasing demand for online personal trainers. Having an online offering can act as a great value add to your current clients and it’s also a great way to increase your overall client base. For example, if you’re working as a personal trainer in your local gym in London, you will only be able to physically train clients in that area. However, by adding an online offering, and this could include custom workout plans and nutritional advice, you greatly expand your reach and will no longer be bound by geography.
Some of the UK’s most well-known personal trainers have found great success by first establishing themselves on the gym floor, then branching out with online personal training services.
For the more adventurous trainers, especially those who don’t want to be tied to a particular location but still want to work with clients face-to-face, there’s always the option of securing employment on a cruise ship or in a holiday retreat. Attitudes have changed in recent years to staying fit while on holiday and this can seriously work in your favour.
Typically, you might associate an exotic getaway with kicking back, relaxing and overindulging with fine food. However, there is a fast-growing market for specific ‘fitness getaways’ that could provide an exciting opportunity for any personal trainers looking to broaden their horizons.
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