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Central London-based Pimlico Plumbers has announced that it is looking to take on an additional 50 experienced tradespeople to meet increasing demand for its services, but says that a lack of skilled tradespeople means that it is struggling with its latest recruitment drive. The company is forecasting completing 120,000 jobs in 2021, up from 100,000 from the previous year, which is creating the requirement for the additional tradespeople.
Alongside the expected high level of jobs already handled, the company says it is seeing a wave in maintenance jobs that were delayed by people not wanting tradespeople in their homes during the height of the pandemic, coupled with householders investing in their properties rather than spending on foreign holidays.
It currently has more than 300 tradespeople operating across central and greater London and a support team based in its campus of buildings in Lambeth, South London, as well as 70 apprentices in both trade and office-based roles.
With vacancies across all trades including heating, plumbing, carpentry and electrical, along with positions in its small appliance repair, roofing and drain jetting teams, engineers working with Pimlico can earn between £100,000 and £150,000 a year.
Scott Mullins, CEO of Pimlico Plumbers, comments: “The demand for our services is great news and offers experienced tradespeople the opportunity to earn in the region of £150,000 a year from the massive number of job bookings we’re getting.
“If 50 experienced tradespeople walked through our doors tomorrow, we’d have them inducted, in uniform and in a Pimlico van immediately. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that because the number of available experienced engineers is sadly limited. Our industry is a victim of generations of under investment and support for apprenticeship training, which has led to a major skills time bomb that’s about to go off and leave a fallout that will be felt by businesses and the economy for many years to come.
“As a company, apprenticeships are a major priority for Pimlico, and they are a key to solving the skills crisis. However, the lack of commitment to apprenticeships by successive governments has left businesses like ours with much less choice of skilled and experienced engineers.”