Plumber or heating or ventilating engineer
- Repairs burst pipes and mechanical and combustion faults and replaces faulty taps, washers, valves, etc.
- Attaches fittings and joins piping by welding, soldering, cementing, fusing, screwing or other methods.
- Tests completed installation for leaks and makes any necessary adjustments.
- Installs fittings such as storage tanks, cookers, baths, toilets, taps and valves, refrigerators, boilers, radiators and fires.
- Measures and cuts required lengths of copper, lead, steel, iron, aluminium or plastic using hand or machine tools.
- Examines drawings and specifications to determine layout of system.
Typical Education Level
Level 3 NVQ; A Levels
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 16% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for plumber or heating or ventilating engineer is £29,120
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 4,176. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for plumber or heating or ventilating engineer roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £29,120 per year. That is about £2,427 per month or £14.93 per hour. New workers generally start on £20,467, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £39,042
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 4,176 people are employed in the region.