Saddle Maker

Minimum 5th pass

Preferably at least 2-3 years of relevant experience

The tasks a Saddler is expected to perform include:

Making saddles,or repairing and adjusting old saddles

Cutting parts out of leather as per required size based on sample or pattern

Stitching pieces into various saddle components by hand

Preparing saddle tree, web or woollen lining

Stuffing seatsnew with sheep wool

Making panels and fittingsdifferent leather components to saddle by stitching, rivetting or tacking as necessary

Trimming excess thread, leather or wool

Colouring edges and cleaning saddle with soap


Proficient in using various tools like punches, knife, rivets, etc.

Knowledge of different quality and types of leather available

Proficient in calculating number of fittings required for a particular article

Well-versed with different measuring tools like scale, measuring gauge, etc.

Knowledge of joining different components

Knowledge of altering, repairing or replacing saddle/parts

Proficient in designing new patterns

Proficient in replacing different fittings like buckle, eyelet, rivet, etc.Well-versed with measuring thickness of material

Good hand-eye co-ordination

Fair judgment in positioning and cutting

Basic numerical skills

Good problem solving skills

Good vision

Depth perception

Target oriented

Physical fitness


It needs one to 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 maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Muscular Weakness (MW) 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 includes handling sharp tools, risk of accidents, etc.

Occupational hazards includes risk of injuries, cuts and bruises, dust allergy, risk of electric shock, etc.

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

For candidates with 1-2 years of experience or more - INR 6,500 to INR 7,000 per month

(Thesefigures are indicative and subject to change)

Current Trends 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.

India is the second largest producer of leather garments China. India produces diverse types of leather garments such as jackets, long coats, waistcoats/shirts, pant/shorts, etc. and goods and accessories made in India include trunks, suit-cases, handbags, wallets, purses, leather belts, gloves, saddler and harness goods, etc. Leather garments manufacturing capacity is estimated to be 16 million pieces per annum and leather goods production capacity is of approximately 63 million pieces annually.

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 leather goods and garments segment currently employs 0.31 million people and is expected to employ 0.64 million people by 2020. This will result in an incremental growth of around 0.33 million jobs. All these factors will result in more job opportunities for Saddler and other candidates applying for jobs in this sector across India.

Leather goods manufacturing factories across India

Cities and towns 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.