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Construction plant hire adviser

Alternative titles for this job include Plant hire controller

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

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays

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How to become a construction plant hire adviser

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could do a college course, for example:

  • T level for Hire Controllers

This course would teach you some of the skills needed for this work. You could then try to find a trainee job with a plant hire company.

Entry requirements

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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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.

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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.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

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

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You will:

  • 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
  • process payments
  • monitor stock levels
  • arrange regular safety checks on equipment with mechanics
  • keep hire records up to date
  • deal with customer enquiries face to face, by phone and online

Working environment

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 may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could become a store supervisor then depot manager. You could also move into equipment servicing or sales, or do training to work as a construction plant mechanic.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Hire Desk Customer Services Apprentice (Industrial)

  • Wage: £10,500.00 Annually
  • Location: Hull

Apprentice Tool Hire Assistant

  • Wage: £185.00 - £356.00 Weekly
  • Location: Rotherham

Courses In England

Cert Construction Skills (Construction Operations) L1

  • Provider: MID-KENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Gillingham

L1 Diploma in Maintenance Operations (C&G)

  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: London

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