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With a skills shortage across the sector, it’s an excellent time to tap into plumbing. Our daily lives revolve around water. All of our homes, schools and hospitals rely on our water systems in order to stay up and running.
Plumbing immediately brings to mind repairing drains, sinks and toilets. Whilst these are vital jobs within the world of plumbing there’s so much more that your job could involve.
We rely on plumbers for the installation of water systems that will be used for generations to come. Any new-build, from a house to a hotel, or a hospital to a stadium, will require plumbers to ensure that the waterworks are safe, reliable and sustainable.
As a plumber you could work for a private contractor on a project by project basis, which will be arranged for you. Some people prefer this to working as a freelancer because it provides a regular source of income and you do not have to worry about sourcing the next job.
There is work in the public sector as a plumber to help with the maintenance of public buildings. The NHS, for example, requires a whole plumbing maintenance team to ensure that the facilities at hospitals and other NHS sites are kept up and running for the public.
Some plumbers choose to progress into the public sector and work within government to make sure research is carried out on our systems and that they remain safe. Another option is to broaden your skillset and move into other areas of construction such as estimating or engineering.
The huge range of work in plumbing means that you could find a role that suits your working preferences. For example, you could work on a freelance basis on your own fixing water-related problems in people’s homes, or you could work with a large firm and be a part of complex projects that will involve a team of people.