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A plumber uses a variety of tools to install and repair all forms of piping, drainage and central heating systems, both indoors and out. They also install appliances such as gas cookers and fires. They work in commercial and residential buildings.

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Apprentice plumber rates for Scotland are set by the Scottish and Northern Ireland Joint Industry Board (SNIJIB), in line with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW).

The hourly rate for a qualified plumber starts at around £13.00 rising to around £25.00 an hour.


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