Pimlico launches national plumber recruitment drive

Pimlico Plumbers is launching a national recruitment drive in an effort to deal with the London skills deficit. 

The company cannot find enough high-quality staff in the capital and so will look further afield as it tries to employ an additional 100 experienced professional plumbers and heating engineers over the course of the next year. 

All of those successful will need to relocate to central London, while a free rail return ticket is being offered to anyone who is called for an interview.

While Pimlico has traditionally hired from the south-east belt, there has been an alarming drop in the number of skilled plumbers in the past few years, which has led to this course of action being pursued.  

With a number of new contracts already secured, including bathroom and new heating systems installations, the firm is keen to increase its working capacity.  

Charlie Mullins, chief executive officer of Pimlico Plumbers, said the economic recovery has led to an increase in contracts. While 15 staff were taken on recently, demand is still far outstripping supply. 

"There's just not enough to go around, especially in the 'top shelf' tradespeople market that we are trading in," he stated. "The short answer is the pool of available talent is shrinking by the day, as the work out there continues to rise, both in terms of our bookings and the work that's around generally."

Mr Mullins added working in the capital represents a great opportunity for experienced plumbers, as they could earn up to £100,000 a year. 

The announcement comes after the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors suggested plumbers should be looking to upskill so they can also carry out domestic renewable heating installations. 

According to the body, these engineers would be well placed to take advantage of the move towards environmentally-friendly power generating technologies.

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