Self-employed Plumbers!


Becoming a plumber isn't an easy task, but here at Able Skills, we make the process as simple as possible, due to our excellent instructors, facilities and much more. Plumbing courses have always been one of our most popular trades and it's not hard to know why. The trade is in need of skilled workers and sheer demand is meaning that plumbers are seeing a huge increase in wages. The trade is also popular because of the ability to become your own boss via self-employment, which is obviously a great draw to the skill. Today we will be looking at some statistics surrounding being a self-employed plumber and how you can get on the path towards professional work in this trade...


Plumbing courses

Plumbing courses here at Able Skills.


It is estimated that there are 120,000 plumbing and heating engineers registered in the UK. A proportion of them work on a self-employed basis. Plumbing is seen as a relatively uncomplicated profession for the self-employed; there is no need to rent property since jobs are done on-site in domestic or commercial properties. Plus the qualifications needed are much easier to acquire compared to trade like Gas. Plumbing earnings are also great, tradesmen and women working in London and the surrounding areas earn £18/per hour on average! This amount can greatly increase depending on the success of your self-employment venture, meaning there is not a real limit on the amount you can earn a year, it all depends on the type of work and the hours you put into the trade!


It is estimated that a plumber usually works 37-40 hours a week. However, the self-employed often find that their working hours are much longer. Even though installations and repairs might be done in a traditional working week, plumbers are sometimes ‘on-call’ for emergencies so they may be called out at night or during the weekend. These jobs would be charged by the hour, as a self-employed plumber you can obviously choose your charge rate per hour, however, to stay competitive in the market you should be aiming for around £40. Overcharging clients will only result in them opting for a different trader when they next need a plumbers assistance.


How do I get involved?


If you are interested in the trade of plumbing but have no real experience then you may want to consider first taking on our Introduction to Plumbing course - It will give you the fundamentals and an opportunity to know if the trade is for you! There is no reason for jumping headfirst into a 6-week course only to find out that you are not that interested after all. This short intensive course is ideal for those of you who want some basic introductory plumbing skills with a City and Guilds certificate at the end.


If you are serious about becoming a professional in this trade and you have some experience the perfect starting point is our City & Guilds Level 2 Plumbing Course! This plumbing City & Guilds Level 2 course will aim to give us a complete understanding of the trade of plumbing and will work through a variety of different subjects both on a practical level and through classroom-based theory teachings to give you the basis of knowledge surrounding all modern domestic plumbing and is, therefore, an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a career as a Plumber. The course will provide you with a range of plumbing skills covering various topics including Electrical principles and processes, Common plumbing processes, Coldwater systems, Domestic hot water systems, Sanitation, Central heating systems and Drainage systems.

Contact Us:


Want to learn more about our range of Plumbing courses? Simply give us a call on 0808 100 3245. We are happy to help in any way that we can from answering questions, resolving issues, helping you with enrollment and so on. If you would prefer to speak to a member of staff in person then feel free to pay us a visit, our office is open every day including weekends between the hours of 8:30 - 16:30! If you are interested in training with us then there is no reason to not come and talk with us in person, we will even show you around our facility so that you can get a sense of the great learning environment that we provide here at Able Skills! 


Live outside of the London & Kent area? Well, be aware that we can provide you with accommodation we have accommodation available exclusively to our students for the reasonable price of £20 per night! - Make sure to call well ahead of your start date as spaces are limited! 


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