He’s flush! The plumber who earns £210,000… and he doesn’t even work at weekends

He’s flush! The plumber who earns £210,000… and he doesn’t even work at weekends

By William Turvill For The Mail On Sunday 22:00, 03 Feb 2018, updated 03:17, 04 Feb 2018

Stephen Fry earns £210,000 as a Pimlico Plumber tradesman, aged just 34
He earns 50 per cent more than the Prime Minister, and owns a London property
Fry started life on a council estate, the son of a builder and a shop shelf-stacker
He works from 8am to 6pm on weekdays and is on call Monday and Tuesday
He earns 50 per cent more than the Prime Minister, owns property in one of London’s most exclusive enclaves and enjoys luxury holidays in the Maldives and Canary Islands every year.

And all from unblocking toilets and fixing leaky taps.

Plumber Stephen Fry is proof of just how lucrative the trade can be – as any homeowner who has faced a bill for an emergency call-out may well suspect.

Plumber Stephen Fry is proof of just how lucrative the trade can be – as any homeowner who has faced a bill for an emergency call-out may well suspect. And although, at 34, he earns £210,000 a year, he doesn’t even work weekends
Plumber Stephen Fry is proof of just how lucrative the trade can be – as any homeowner who has faced a bill for an emergency call-out may well suspect. And although, at 34, he earns £210,000 a year, he doesn’t even work weekends
And although, at 34, he earns £210,000 a year, he doesn’t even work weekends. Not bad for someone who started life on a council estate, the son of a builder and a supermarket shelf-stacker, and who was out of work at 17.

Now, as a self-employed tradesman for London-based Pimlico Plumbers, Mr Fry certainly puts in the hours. He works from 8am to 6pm on weekdays but is also on call overnight on Monday and Tuesday – meaning he is on duty for 58 consecutive, caffeine-fuelled hours at the start of the working week.

‘It can drain you,’ he said, not intending any pun. ‘I am one of Pimlico’s best paid plumbers, but also one of the most tired.’

Mr Fry occasionally manages to steal a couple of hours’ sleep in between jobs on the night shift, but otherwise he survives on coffee and Red Bull.