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  • Finding Suitable Work in Plumbing Jobs Northern Ireland
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Plumbing Jobs Northern Ireland Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Plumbers install and repair piping and systems for water, heating and gas, both inside and outside buildings.

Inside buildings, plumbers install and maintain hot and cold water supplies, sanitation and waste disposal systems, oil, gas and solid fuel cookers, and stoves and central heating. In industrial buildings and offices, they may work on other piped services, such as air-conditioning and extraction systems.

Outside buildings, plumbers install and maintain waste systems and sheet weathering.

Plumbers follow diagrams and drawings when installing a new system. Completed work must be checked that it works safely and correctly and that it complies with all regulations. Repair and maintenance work involves finding the causes of problems, replacing worn components or parts, and re-testing systems.

Hours and Environment

Most plumbers work a standard 37.5-hour week. Overtime and weekend work may be available. Some plumbers offer 24-hour emergency cover.

Plumbers work could be in domestic, industrial and commercial environments; if outside, this would be in all weathers and at all heights. Conditions inside could involve working in confined spaces.

Some plumbers work away from home. A driving licence is useful.

Skills and Interests

To be a plumber, you should:

  • have good hand-eye co-ordination
  • have theoretical knowledge to make sure that systems comply with regulations
  • be physically fit
  • be able to follow diagrams and visualise them as working systems
  • understand mechanics for use of power tools and equipment as well as to install and repair systems
  • have good numeracy skills
  • be aware of health and safety issues
  • have a polite manner for dealing with customers.


The Joint Industry Board (JIB) for Plumbing runs a four-year apprenticeship scheme - employers give you day release to train up to NVQ level 3 (including Key Skills). The scheme includes people on Traineeships, Modern Apprenticeships and Employer-led Modern Apprenticeships as developed by the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation (SNIPEF).

To gain entry to the training scheme you will need some GCSEs (A-D)/S grades (1-4), or equivalent qualifications such as Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQ level II or BTEC first diploma or certificate. English, maths, design and technology, physics, chemistry or double award science are useful for parts of the job that involve measurements, and for theoretical training.

The JIB will consider late entrants, as long as both the apprentice and their employer agree to comply with the training service agreement.


Before you can start on an apprenticeship, you must be registered by the JIB as an apprentice and should be nominated by a plumbing or heating contractor.

The JIB also has a grading scheme. This means you can start by qualifying as a trained plumber and then progress to advanced and technical plumber as you continue training and gain more experience.

There are Modern Apprenticeships (Northern Ireland) in plumbing and mechanical engineering services - contact your local Jobcentre for details.

You can study for NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Mechanical Engineering Services or Plumbing.

The JIB and SNIPEF keep a national register of recognised plumbers, and they have a membership scheme.


The building engineering services sector of the construction industry consists of many firms and about 130,000 plumbers work in these firms, including around 30,000 who are self-employed.

As a plumber, you might work for plumbing contractors or mechanical engineering services contractors (the size of company varies from those with only one or two plumbers, to large national or international firms); building contractors and local councils; others, such as shipping and commercial companies and the gas industry.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only. There are nationally agreed pay rates for plumbers.

Trained plumbers start on around £16,800.
Experienced, advanced plumbers earn around £18,800.
Senior technical plumbers earn around £21,000.

Further information

Construction Industry Training Board (NI) *
17 Dundrod Road
Nutts Corner
Co Antrim
BT29 4SR
Tel: 028 9082 5466

Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation
2 Walker Street
Tel: 0131 225 2255

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

Other Useful Plumbing Jobs Northern Ireland Work Information

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