Qualified plumbers and heating engineers are among UK tradesmen whose workload has increased recently and many expect to get even busier over the next 12months according to new research recently released by trade supplier, Plumbfix.
Nearly half (42%) of all tradesmen including qualified plumbers and heating engineers questioned by Plumbfix’s umbrella organisation, the Screwfix Group, in its Trade Pulse report were surprised by how busy they were.
With nearly one in five (17%) saying they already have more work than they can handle and even more (58%) expecting their business activity to increase over the next 12 months.
The vast majority (82%) are currently working on projects with more work scheduled – this compares to 73% who were in the same position in 2013 and 68% in 2012.
Plumbfix CEO Andrew Livingston commented: “We have seen increasing optimism among our trade customers for some time now, so these latest findings support what we’ve been experiencing. The fact that nearly one in five tradesmen are saying they have more work than they can handle represents potential growth across the industry, as well as increasing employment opportunities in all sectors, which is great news for the UK economy. It also means that the industry as a whole needs to consider how it can better support tradesmen in helping them to grow their businesses at this time of opportunity.”
Trade Pulse is a monthly index which surveys more than 500 UK tradesmen including qualified plumbers and heating engineers and tracks work levels and optimism among the trade.