Bark Tanner

Chestnut Tanner

Minimum 5th pass

Preferably at least 1-2 years of relevant work experience

The tasks a Bark Pitman (Tanning) is expected to perform include:

Preparing bark and myrobalan liquor and treats hides or skins in them for tanning

Mixing prescribed quantity of tanning bark or myrobalan powder with water to make liquor or solution

Pouring prepared solution into pit or vat containing water and agitating mixture vigorously with paddle

Testing mixture for specific gravity and adding materials to mixture to obtain solution of specified gravity

Proficient in immersing hides or skins in bark pit or vat placing one above other for a specified period to allow hides or skins to soak in solution

Adept with changing positions of hides or skins periodically in pit to ensure that all are properly saturated with tanning solution

Well-versed with removing hides or skins from bark pit after a specified period

Knowledge of extracting sample piece of leather and boiling it in water to test completeness of tanning and continuing tanning, if necessary

Proficient in stacking or hanging leather in shade for drying

Knowledge of types of tanning solutions

Knowledge of chemical compositions and their ratio

Well-versed with the duration of the process

Adept with various chemicals that are used in the tanning process

Knowledge of retaining hides to restore colour lost in bleaching, splitting or other processes

Knowledge of loading capacity and size of the pit

Knowledge of different hides and their usage

Good hand-eye co-ordination

Accuracy of work


Physically fit

Good vision

Depth perception


It needs oneto be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are 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

Shift system is available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL) and those who have Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Health hazards include exposure to hazardous chemicals, etc.

Occupational hazards include risk of injuries, fatigue, respiratory problems, skin allergies, skin problems, etc.

For freshers - INR4,500 to INR 5,000 per month

For candidates with 1-2 years of experience or more - INR 5,500 to INR 6,000 per month

(Thesefigures are indicative and subject to change)

Current Trend and Future Growth of Leather Sector in India

The leather industry in India produces approximately 1,055 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 USD 200 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 approximately 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 Bark Pitman (Tanning) and othercandidates applying for jobsin this sector across India.

Tanneries across India

Cities and townsacross 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.