Re-training as a plumber in N Ireland how much earnings?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
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Josie_JumpJosie_Jump Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
Hi my other half is seriously thinking of giving up his 9-5 office work in a mathematical job as he is sick of the mundane same same. He earns about £30k per annum, he is thinking of re-training as a plumber (honestly) basically how long to train via technical colleges and how long to make money and how much money to be made? Do plumbers get much work in N Ireland (co.down/armagh) these days? He is interested in heating systems and renewable energy.

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  • Mistral001Mistral001 Forumite
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    I never come between a man and his wife, so cannot answer.
  • GreenteaGreentea Forumite
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    You might want to get your hubby to contact this company http://www.fixmyoilboiler.com/ for advice.

    they are based in Belfast, but in know he provides on the job training to people looking to get into oil and gas boiler servicing based on a days or weeks training.
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    edited 31 January 2012 at 2:58PM
    If it is anything like the UK
    A lot are out of work due to cancellation of house building.
    Dont listen to those silly fools on the radio on about how much plumbers earn.
    That game has long gone, the local prison churn out qualified plumbers now.
    A good tip is to do a search on the jobcentre website, it will show agency rates which are around £11Ph for heating engineers, out of this £11 has to come all the expenses such as running a vehicle, fuel to jobs.
    Hardly the "dream" lifestyle.
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    Josie_Jump wrote: »
    Hi my other half is seriously thinking of giving up his 9-5 office work in a mathematical job as he is sick of the mundane same same. He earns about £30k per annum, he is thinking of re-training as a plumber (honestly) basically how long to train via technical colleges and how long to make money and how much money to be made? Do plumbers get much work in N Ireland (co.down/armagh) these days? He is interested in heating systems and renewable energy.


    30K a year and he is not happy :eek: I'm far from happy in my job and on a lot less than 30K, current economic situation he would be mad as a fish to leave this job to retrain as a plumber. As others have said that boat has sailed and plumbers are 10 a penny along with joiners and bricklayers these days. Look at any unemployment queue and it's full of qualified tradesmen willing to work for a lot less than 30k a year.

    He could consider evening classes at a technical college to get training and experience without having to leave his job;)
    I am trying, honest;) very trying according to my dear OH:rotfl:
  • Mistral001Mistral001 Forumite
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    vax2002 wrote: »
    If it is anything like the UK
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    Well it is actually the UK. I think you mean GB
  • x12yhpx12yhp Forumite
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    vax2002 wrote: »
    If it is anything like the UK
    A lot are out of work due to cancellation of house building.
    Dont listen to those silly fools on the radio on about how much plumbers earn.
    That game has long gone, the local prison churn out qualified plumbers now.
    A good tip is to do a search on the jobcentre website, it will show agency rates which are around £11Ph for heating engineers, out of this £11 has to come all the expenses such as running a vehicle, fuel to jobs.
    Hardly the "dream" lifestyle.

    I hear that but the truth is that I still cannot find a decent plumber. The guy we got in to do some work spent the better part of a week putting in two toilets, 3 sinks and a water heater... and he didn't even do it right! Next time I will just do it myself.
    Always overestimating...
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