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Plumbing named the UK’s most recession-proof job

Plumbing has come out as the top most ‘in demand’ job in a survey of the most recession proof job sectors in the UK.
Train 4 Trade Skills says there are currently more than 30,000 unfilled plumbing vacancies in the UK, despite figures that show an average plumber earns between £30-35,000 a year and many earn more than £40,000.

According to Train 4 Trade Skills, whose home-study courses train up plumbers, the wider availability of higher education and the failure of poorly paid apprenticeships lured many people away from practical trades including plumbing.

In recent years, the jobs shortfall has been exacerbated by demand for British plumbers in Australia. A flood of immigrants filled the skills gap, but now Train 4 Trade Skills says as workers return to their stronger central and eastern European economies, the need for plumbers is greater than it’s ever been.

Mike Head, marketing manager for Train 4 Trade Skills said “With a conservative estimate of half a million jobs becoming redundant over the coming year, more and more workers are looking for career switches. Plumbing is well paid, flexible and plumbers are in demand'.
10 October 2008


By Mike
10 October 2008 01:02:00
Like Mike, i have been a plumber for 12 years. I am not getting the work despite expanding my location area. There are a lot of plumbers now entering the work place who have done a 4 week course...!!! and not enough jobs.
By Colin
10 October 2008 01:01:00

I have been plumbing for 32 years and I cannot see where the jobs are.

Maybe some one should look at these so-called Train to be a Plumber in 4 weeks claims. The industry may then be able to get back on its feet.

I attended a one-day refresher for my WRAS certificate. There were trainee plumbers who were also sitting the very same exam. After being guided through the exam by tutors they were then able to attempt to install WRAS products. Can these people really give their customers the true quality of a time-served tradesman.
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