Plumbing Industry Opportunities

How do I become a plumber?

The plumbing industry opens many career paths, competitive pay and the opportunity for individuals to run their own plumbing business.

What is a plumber?

A plumber works in domestic and commercial premises, solving any problems with heating and drainage systems. This could include:

  • Installing kitchens and bathrooms
  • Repairing leaky pipes
  • Solving drainage issues
  • Boiler installation, service and repair
  • Central heating installation and repair
  • Collaborate with construction workers on building projects

Read more about the role of a plumber here.

Training as a plumber usually includes:

  • Completing a plumbing course or apprenticeship
  • Working as a plumber’s ‘mate’
  • On-site work experience

The training process is industry-based, so you learn on the job which is the best way to gain real experience. In order to complete an apprenticeship, you will need to be employed with a plumbing company.

Discover more about plumbing career pathways.

The benefit of this is that the training is sponsored so it will be free, and you will earn an income while you are training. A traditional apprenticeship usually lasts 4 years.

To become a fully qualified plumber, and to get a job in the industry, you will therefore need at least 4 years’ experience.

What skills do I need?

In order to become a plumber, or to gain an apprenticeship, you will need the following transferrable skills:

  • Problem-solving
  • Physical fitness
  • Patience and communication skills
  • Attention to detail 
  • Numeracy
  • Customer service
  • Mechanical knowledge

How much does a plumber earn?

A plumber works between 37-40 hours a week. This depends on the plumbing company, and whether or not you are a freelance or emergency plumber.

In London and the South East, a plumber tends to earn an average of £17-£20 an hour. This is subject to vary – learn more.

Current Plumbing vacancies in London:

J&P Plumbing Company

Plumbing jobs in London

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