Plumbers have been around since the dawn of civilisation, because whenever people gather together in large settlements there is a fundamental need for clean running water.
It’s as true now as it was when the ancient Babylonians were walking the earth - we just can’t do without plumbers.
This is good news for you if you are thinking of making a living out of plumbing – unlike some businesses you can be certain that there is a demand for the services that you are providing.
In fact, demand for plumbers is very high at the moment and is likely to grow for some time to come. The Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering describes the skills shortage in the industry as ‘massive’ and complains that not enough attention has been given to establishing training schemes.
They predict a shortfall of 27,000 plumbers by 2007. While this is bad news for anyone with a broken pipe it’s good news for anyone hoping to make some money fixing them.
There have been a rash of stories in the news recently of plumbers commanding huge salaries as a result of the skills shortage in the industry.
It is simple supply and demand economics – and you will be in demand.