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Leakage operative Leakage controller, leakage technician, leakage engineer

Leakage operatives find leaks in water pipes, and work with repair teams to make sure they’re fixed quickly.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements.

Experience in construction, plumbing, building services engineering or plant maintenance may be useful.

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You can find a list of UK water companies on Water UK.  

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • problem-solving skills
  • communication skills
  • the ability to concentrate
  • the ability to follow detailed instructions

3. What you'll do

You’ll find leaks in the water distribution network, to reduce wastage through damaged pipes. 

You’ll carry out planned surveys and respond to emergencies.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • inspecting customers' water supply
  • monitoring water system leakage
  • attaching leakage detection equipment to pipes
  • measuring and recording water pressure and flow
  • listening for sounds that might indicate a leak
  • notifying repair teams

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £23,000

Highly Experienced: £27,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work shifts and be on a standby rota for out-of-hours emergencies.

Overtime may be available.

You’ll work outside in all weather conditions, sometimes underground inside water pipes. 

Conditions may be wet and dirty.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a leakage data analyst, team leader or leakage manager. 

With further training and study, you could become an engineering technician or an incorporated water engineer. 

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Last updated: 08 December 2016