A London plumber who earns more than six times the average plumber’s salary has admitted that he doesn’t even need to work weekends.
Jammy-Kensington-resident Stephen Fry started a plumbing apprenticeship at 17. He had his own business by his early 20s and by age 30 was self-employed for Pimlico Plumbers.
The father-of-one has been benefitting from a severe shortage of trade professionals in London. Now aged 34, he made £210,000 last year: that’s 50% more than the Prime Minister!
As well as a house in one of the capital’s poshest areas Stephen also treats his family to holidays to the Maldives.
According to Totaljobs, the average salary for ‘Plumber jobs’ is £31,787, though that includes branch managers and even territory representatives. Stephen’s work features such highlights as unblocking toilets and fixing boilers.
Speaking to Mail on Sunday, he said that the work was difficult but rewarding: “Every day is fun. You can go to a place where some woman has water gushing through the ceilings and is crying, so it’s a nice feeling when you stop the water and make her happy.
“I can’t really see myself stopping any time soon, to be honest. I enjoy my work. I’m a worker. I’ll be working till I drop, I think. On a Friday night, when people ask if I want to go for a beer, I am shattered. So it’s straight home to the family.”
However, although Stephen does not work weekends, he still grafts from 8am to 6pm every day and is on call overnight on Mondays and Tuesdays.
“It can drain you, not intending any pun. I am one of Pimlico’s best paid plumbers, but also one of the most tired.”
Well, it’s official: if you’re a plumber and you’re not in London, you’re living in the wrong place!