Pimlico Plumbers goes on hiring spree after post-lockdown boom in home improvements 

The £150,000 plumbers: Pimlico Plumbers continues hiring spree after post-lockdown boom in home improvements

  • The London-based company saw customer callouts rise by a fifth this year to 120,000
  • It said the boom in bookings made the £150,000 annual wage a ‘realistic figure’
  • Pimlico’s engineers are paid per job based on hourly rates starting at £120


It’s a salary befitting a City slicker – but now a plumbing company is hiring tradesmen who can earn £150,000 a year repairing boilers and clearing drains.

London-based Pimlico Plumbers has seen its customer base rise by a fifth this year to 120,000, and is recruiting 50 skilled engineers to meet demand.

It said the annual salary of £150,000 for new recruits was “a realistic figure” due to the huge increase in bookings as clients carried out maintenance and home improvements they had postponed during the pandemic.

Chief executive Scott Mullins said: “From the moment lockdown restrictions were lifted and people realized they couldn’t spend their money on travel abroad, improving or repairing their homes became a priority. The phones are red hot.”

Pimlico’s engineers are paid per assignment, based on hourly rates. Plumbing starts at £120 per hour on weekdays, rising to £200 for nighttime calls.

The plumber takes about half of the fee, the rest goes to the company.

Before the pandemic, Pimlico’s biggest earner received more than £200,000.

The company employs some 300 merchants and up to a fifth of them could earn at least £150,000 this year.

London-based Pimlico Plumbers has seen its customer base rise a fifth this year to 120,000, and is recruiting 50 skilled engineers to meet demand

London-based Pimlico Plumbers has seen its customer base rise a fifth this year to 120,000, and is recruiting 50 skilled engineers to meet demand

The company has branched out from plumbing to offer services such as refrigerator repair, CCTV installation, and plastering.

It posted record sales of around £50 million for the year to May and generated a profit of around £8 million.

But Mr Mullins said he struggled to find qualified staff, while the number of experienced engineers was “decreasing” due to a lack of public investment in apprenticeship schemes.

He warned that the shortage had created “a major skill time bomb about to go off”, adding: “If 50 experienced tradesmen walked through our door tomorrow, we would have them taken up immediately, in uniform and in a Pimlico van.

‘Unfortunately, it is not that simple, because the number of engineers is unfortunately limited.’

Chairman Charlie Mullins, a former Tory donor, founded Pimlico Plumbers in 1979 and built a roster of celebrity clients, including actors Hugh Laurie and Keira Knightley.

Earlier this year, he introduced a “no jab, no job” policy for staff, arguing it would protect them and customers.

He said: ‘Any staff who have not had the jab by January 1st will be given the boot to protect our staff and customers and for the good of the country.

“Firing people who refuse to get the shot may seem a bit harsh, and it is, but for good reason. The entire population should be vaccinated, it’s that simple.’

This month he criticized the government’s plans to ban gas boilers within 14 years in favor of environmentally friendly heat pumps or hydrogen boilers.

He called the target “so unattainable that consumers and companies like Pimlico cannot take them seriously”, adding: “Heat pumps cannot currently produce the energy to heat water sufficiently, and there is even suggestion that they can reduce the risks of Legionnaires’ Disease.’

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