Leather Treating Operator

Leather Operator

Minimum 5th pass

At least 1-2 years of relevant work experience

The tasks a Leather, Currier is expected to perform include:

Treating tanned leather with fats and oils

Softening by flexing, rollingit under pressure for converting into finished form

Scraping hide to expel moisture and scum left after tanning

Applying grease, oil, soap or other compounds to hide

Softening hide by stroking it with a knife, flexing it over a blade or rolling it under a machine

Rubbing the hair side of hide to remove grains, rough spots and blemishes

Polishing the hide manually or using a machine

Dyeing and staining the leather

Operating staking buffing or glazing machines

Proficient in turning steam valve to heat water to specified temperature observing meters andgauzes

Adept in following tanning formula

Knowledge of locking drum door and movinges lever to rotate drum for specified period of time

Well-versed with removing drum door and replacing it with grating

Proficient in rotating drum to drain tanning solution through grating

Knowledge of boiling sample of tanned hide or skin in water to determine thoroughness of tannings

Knowledge of size and thickness of leather

Knowledge of fat and oil used in softening of leather

Knowledge of ratio of mixing fat and oil in order to get the required result

Well-versed with the flexing processes

Adept with the required pressure to get the end result of softening the leather

Not applicable

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?Maybe

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 - INR 4,500 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

(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 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 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