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Construction plant hire adviser

Construction plant hire advisers rent out plant machinery, tools and equipment to builders and the public.

Annual Salary

£19,000 to £30,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 42 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays;

Future employment

There will be 2% fewer Construction plant hire adviser jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

As a plant hire adviser, you may:

  • take customer orders and give rental quotes
  • show customers how to operate equipment safely
  • advise customers on which equipment is best for their needs
  • put orders together and organise deliveries
  • take payments
  • monitor stock levels
  • arrange regular safety checks on equipment with mechanics
  • keep hire records up to date
  • answer customer questions face to face, over the phone or online

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a store, in a contact centre or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

You can do a hire controller intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
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Direct application

You could apply directly to work as a plant hire adviser.

Employers usually look for experience in construction, warehousing or retail. Strong customer service and administration skills will also be helpful.

You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

  • have forklift truck driver training for some jobs
  • have a category C1 or C LGV licence if driving mobile cranes on public roads
  • have a first aid certificate

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Hire Association Europe for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about working in construction equipment hire from Go Construct.

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You could:become a store supervisor then depot manager; move into equipment servicing or sales; train as a construction plant mechanic

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • maths knowledge
  • administration skills
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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