Advanced Plumber

Posted on 17 January 2022
  • Directorate BHCC: Housing, Neighbourhoods and Communities
  • Salary £33,926 - £39,421 total pay including 5.5hrs p/w contracted overtime
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


Housing Centre, Moulescoomb, Brighton

Job Summary

  • Job reference
  • Positions available
  • Working hours
    37 hours plus 5.5 hours contracted overtime
  • Closing date
    This vacancy has closed
  • Job category
  • Organisation
    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

We are recruiting for experienced and enthusiastic tradespeople to join our newly in-sourced Housing Repairs and Maintenance Team.

Do you want to support the residents of the city with their plumbing repairs? Do you want to focus on your trade and not sourcing materials, writing quotes or chasing customers for payment? Are you passionate about mentoring colleagues or apprentices? Do you have a full clean drivers licence? Do you have a City and Guilds or NQF level 3 or equivalent in plumbing?

If so, we’d welcome your application to work within our busy Housing Repairs and Maintenance Service.

For an informal discussion, please contact Sam Crick – Operations Manager on 07786712315 or 

If you are having difficulty with the online application please e-mail the address above to submit an application via e-mail.

About the role

You will carry out high-standard plumbing repairs and refurbishment activities for our residents’ homes, delivering high customer service and meeting all safety, quality and cost control standards.

You will mainly be working in occupied properties within the Brighton and Hove area either on your own or in a small team. The key tasks will be:

  • Tracing and repairing leaks including taking on more complicated jobs escalated by Plumbing team.
  • Detecting, locating and diagnosing faults and providing written reports where necessary
  • Assisting in planning and designing complex alterations or new plumbing systems.
  • Installing and repairing pipe work, tanks, cylinders, fixtures and fittings and sanitaryware (baths, WC pans, cisterns and wash hand basins etc).
  • Diagnosing and repairing faults with unvented hot water systems.
  • Undertaking works to diagnose and repair defects to larger sized pipework or commercial systems.
  • Mentoring and supporting other plumbers either on site or by phone as required.
  • Mentoring apprentice plumbers
  • Undertaking pre-contract gas surveys and delivering support to operational teams to ensure that works are always carried out in a safe manner.
  • Making good to finishes including patching in tiles, removing and refixing panels and applying silicone sealant. 

Our residents come from a variety of backgrounds and some are vulnerable so you will need to be comfortable interacting with a wide range of people.

Our team members say they enjoy working in Housing Repairs because “Every day is completely different, we really get a chance to help people from the local community and it feels great to have made a difference at the end of the day”.

In return for your skills and hard work, we offer:

  • A standard working week of 37 hours per week plus 5.5 hours of contracted overtime (Monday – Friday 08.00 – 17.00). Part-time hours are available.
  • The opportunity to take on additional call out shifts if you want to
  • A full induction with job shadowing in your first week and on-going development
  • Your own allocated fleet vehicle for work use
  • Paid annual leave
  • Pension scheme

For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (

Please read our Apply for a job at the council ( pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to upload your CV and answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (CV guidance ( and Shortlisting questions guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Shortlisting and interviews happen on a frequent basis, please submit applications as soon as possible. This advert may be withdrawn if the vacancies are filled and headcount complete.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is term-time only. For part time applicants, where your working week is less than the council’s basic 37 hour week, contracted overtime rated pay will not form part of your working hours. This is because overtime rated pay is payable for hours worked in excess of the council’s basic 37 hour week. Your starting salary will be pro rata based on the basic annual salary elements of pay between £27,741 & £32,234.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Company information

Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (

Please note that this post is subject to a Basic Disclosure Criminal Records Check.


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