Leather Technician

Minimum ?12th pass

At least 1-2 years of relevant work experience

The tasks that a Leather Technologist is expected to perform include:

Conducting research for developing tanning processes for manufacture of leather, conforming to prescribed standards

Examining hides and skins for structural defects

Studying preservative methods practiced by Tanners and suggesting improvements in existing methods of preservation and drying for making better leather

Evolving new methods of vegetable and chrome tanning of skins, hides, sole leathers, etc.

Analysing various chemicals such as salts, dyes, oils and other chrome compounds used in leather in leather industry to determine properties

Testing tanned and finished leather at every stage for conformity to prescribed standards of quality

Conducting research on utilisation of by-products, treatment of obnoxious odours and tannery effluents, use of waste products for manufacture of leather boards, gut and surgical sutures, gelatine, etc.

Planning, designing and installing new machines and equipment

Proficient in identifying the hide and side of the leather and different type of leather and their tanning processes

Knowledge of thickness of leather

Proficient in handling machinery and materials and their spare parts

Adept in handling equipment and their operating procedures

Proficient in following work instructions

Knowledge of measurement of leather

Knowledge of all the chemicals and their mixing ratio

Not applicable

An eye for detail

Accuracy in work


Good personality

Good people management skills

Good hand eye co-ordination

Basic estimation and numerical skills

Good mathematical skills

It needs one to be on their toes

Need to handle a team

Local travelling is not necessary

Contractual jobs are not available Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Factories usually work for 6 days a week for 8 hours everyday. This may vary from factory to factory

May have to work in shifts

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Maybe

The job is listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazards includes damage to skin, respiratory problems, asthma, etc.

Health hazards includes exposure to chemicals, dyes, etc.

For freshers - INR 10,000 to INR 11,000 per monthFor candidates with 1-2 years of experience or more - INR 12,000 to INR 13,000 per month(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Current Trend and Future Growth of Leather Sector in India

The leather industry in India produces approx.?1055 billion worth of leather in various forms. Out of this, 661 billion (62%) is consumed domestically and the remaining is exported (37%). This share of consumption and export is estimated to change and in 2020 India will account for 1.4 trillion (59.1%) worth of domestic consumption and earn 673 billion (40.9%) worth from exports.

Organized retail is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25% to reach USD200 Billion by 2020.

Demand growth for leather goods is expected from footwear, bags, purses, furniture etc. all driven by the Indian consumption boom. Penetration of export markets is expected to rise in the wake of increased sourcing by global retail majors and luxury brands. Key segments for human resource development in the industry include finished leather, leather footwear and leather goods.

The variety of finished leather goods comprise of classic finishes (polish, glazed, aniline, patent), matt surfaces (suedes, nubuck), nappa and burnished. Indian tanning industry produces more than two billion square feet of leather per annum. The industry has the tanning capacity to fulfill 10% of world?s leather requirements. Major tanning hubs in the country are Ambur, Ranipet, Chennai, Kolkata, Kanpur, Jalandhar, etc. There are roughly 2091 tanneries in the country.

The sector currently employs over 3.09 million employees and is slated to employ more than 6.8 million employees by 2022. This implies additional creation of approx.3.7 million jobs in the nine-year period. The finishing leather segment currently employs 0.23 million people and is expected to employ 0.58 million people by 2020. This will result in an incremental growth of around 0.35 million jobs. All these factors will result in more job opportunities for candidates applying in this sector across India.

Tanneries across India

Tanneries across India

Will be updated

Footwear Design & Development Institute, Noida

Central Footwear Training Institute, Chennai & Agra

Government Leather Technology College, Kolkata


Net Services India Pvt Ltd

IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Ltd Indian Institute of Leather Products (IILP) KILT, Karnataka

Central Institute of Vocational Education

Mirams Training Services India Pvt Ltd