Plumbers are in charge of anything that involves pipework on a construction site or in people’s homes.
- Installing basic cold water, hot water, sanitation (toilets), rainwater harvesters, central heating systems and sheet lead systems
- Installing domestic fuel-burning appliances using gas, oil or solid fuel
- Designing systems
- Planning work activities
- Improving business products
- Supervising other people
- Newly trained plumbers can earn in the region of £19,000 - £25,000
- Trained with experience plumbers can earn in the region of £25,000 - £30,000
- Senior/master crafts plumbers can earn in the region of £30,000 - £60,000
- Self-employed plumbers set their own pay rates
Qualifications & TrainingThere is strong competition for places on plumbing courses, so you need at least four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including English,maths and science or the equivalent in Wales and Scotland. You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a site and pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme. Many plumbers start their construction careers as an apprentice. Apprentices study towards an NVQ/SVQ Level 2 or 3 and are taught about the maintenance and installation of various plumbing components and systems.