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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

Qualifications and training

There 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. 


  • 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

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




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