UK trades experience unprecedented demand

By - World Infrastructure Journal

UK trades experience unprecedented demand

New research shows that nearly 20 per cent of tradespeople have experienced unprecedented increases in demand.

In a new study from Powered Now, a trades-based app company, 15 per cent of tradespeople explained that they have had their client base increase rapidly since the pandemic began to their highest ever levels. Almost 18 per cent also said that they have such a backlog of work that they do not have the capacity to source any new business.

Just under 20 per cent of Brits surveyed also expressed that due to the impact of the pandemic, they were considering taking up employment within the trades sector.

Powered Now have suggested that this may be due to the fact that many across the country have begun home improvement projects either independently or by acquiring trades services in the past year. During this period, there has also been an influx of new businesses set up from home with over 800,000 created in a variety of sectors across the UK. Ben Dyer, CEO of Powered Now explained that this makes for the opportune moment to launch their own construction enterprise 

He said "one of the attractions of the trade is that with 70 per cent of work coming from existing relationships, doing the job well is usually enough to be successful. You don't need to know much about sales and marketing or lots of other stuff for your business to be a hit".

Mr Dyer has created a toolkit for those looking to make the move into the trades industry, setting out the key priorities for new trades businesses, most notably making sure to always manage customers expectations.

Labelled as a hive of job growth, the rapid rise in tradespeople looks unlikely to slow down any time soon.

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