Plumbers are in charge of anything that involves pipework on a construction site or in people’s homes.

The Role

  • 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 £11,000 - £15,000
  • Trained with experience plumbers can earn in the region of £16,000 - £28,000
  • Senior/master crafts plumbers can earn in the region of £27,000 - £31,000
  • Self-employed plumbers set their own pay rates

Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. 

Qualifications and Training

There is strong competition for places on plumbing courses, so you need at least four GCSE's at grades A*-C including English or Welsh, maths and science. 

You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to work on a site, pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme and you must hold a gas ID card before you can start work.

Many plumbers start their construction careers as an apprentice. Apprentices study towards an NVQ Diploma/SVQ Level 2 or 3 and are taught about the maintenance and installation of various plumbing components and systems. As part of these construction apprenticeships, they also work towards Functional Skills Level 2 (English, Mathematics & ICT at Level 1) or in Wales, Essential Skills.


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Find out more

For information on the Plumber role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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