HVAC recruitment agency listing
The role of plumber can encompass many different areas, but the main focus is the installation and maintenance of water supply and drainage pipes, heating systems and major appliances such as washing machines and boilers.
Over the past few years, the plumbing industry has seen something of a shortfall in skilled workers coming into the profession. This deficit has seen a raft of career opportunities for those with an interest, qualifications or experience in this field, and rates of pay have rocketed. Depending on your geographical area, and the types of work you are involved in, average salaries could be around the £30,000 per year.
Training courses range from simple two-day introductions to detailed courses that last for several months or event years. NVQs have become an industry standard qualification but a modern apprenticeship is a great way to learn the ropes, build up your qualifications and get paid while you're learning.
As well as a strong working knowledge of the intricacies of plumbing, you'll also benefit from a good understanding of related fields such as building and water regulations.
To be able to work on gas appliances such as boilers and fires, by law you'll need to become a member of the Gas Safe Register, a national body which regulates plumbers who work with gas to ensure safety standards remain high.
Because of the shortage of skilled plumbers, an experienced plumber could choose to work as a sole trader, start a small to medium sized business and employ other plumbers, or join the staff of a larger organisation. Recruitment agencies are a great place to start your search.