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Become a Plumber

Plumbers have a highly varied role, it can include installing, servicing and repairing sanitation, heating and hot and cold water systems in buildings. You will fit pipework to baths, showers, toilets, radiators and central heating boilers. You will carry out installations of central heating and sanitary systems. You may also carry out emergency repair work. Hours of work vary, typically are Monday to Friday with overtime at weekends and possibly overnight. They work both indoors and outdoors.

  • Practical skills
  • Methodical
  • Ability to follow technical drawings
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfortable working at heights
  • Numeracy skills
  • Customer service

Plumbing is available as a study programme, part-time or apprenticeship course. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. 

At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.


Starting salaries for newly qualified plumbers can be between £18,000 and £22,000 a year.

Experienced plumbers can earn between £22,000 and £35,000 a year.

Highly experienced plumbers can earn up to £40,000 or more. Self-employed plumbers set their own rates.

Find the perfect career for you

There are hundreds of job roles in construction, from site work to office work or a combination of the two. Some of the many careers are listed in our careers A-Z, simply click on the letter of the career you are interested in to find out all about it.