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)

£16,000 Starter


£26,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays

How to become a construction plant hire adviser

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, for an intermediate apprenticeship

More information

Direct application

You could apply directly to work as a plant hire controller or construction equipment 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.

More information

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

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

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • dealing with customer orders and giving rental quotes
  • showing customers how to operate equipment safely
  • advising customers on which equipment is best for their needs
  • processing orders and handling payments
  • putting orders together and organising deliveries
  • monitoring stock levels
  • checking equipment is safe to use
  • keeping hire records up to date

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

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

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Hire Desk Apprentice, Ford

  • Wage : £202.00 Weekly
  • Location: Arundel BN18 0HY

Hire Desk Apprentice

  • Wage : £201.92 Weekly
  • Location: Umberleigh EX37 9DX

Courses In England

C&G 6219-04 Award in Construction Skills L1 (Adult Grp 2)

  • Provider: Tyne Coast College T/A South Tyneside College and Tyne Metropolitan College
  • Start date: 03 February 2020
  • Location: Benton

Level 1 Award in Construction Skills

  • Provider: YORK COLLEGE
  • Start date: 27 January 2020
  • Location: York

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