Building

GUEST ARTICLE: Multi-skilled tradespeople challenged ‘on the job’ more than any other profession

  • 4 Jun 2019

Jack of all trades are facing more pressure than specialists, as competition heats up with homeowners, with over half admitting it’s harder now than five years ago to ‘get a gig’, according to research by Armstead.

Multi-skilled trades professionals have topped the table as the most challenged trade in 2019. Over half (53%) admit that getting new customers is harder now than it was five years ago, with a significant 59 per cent claiming that social media has added more challenges to them than anything else in the past decade.

Across the board, the survey from Armstead, which polled painters and decorators, plumbers, electricians, builders and multi-skilled traders, revealed that securing work was harder than ever, with the increase in customers using social media to look at work online before booking (54%) and the rise of DIY (45%) causing fewer enquiries.

The survey from the trade paint specialists also highlighted product choice as a key issue, with over half of multi-skilled tradespeople revealing that the most important factor in purchasing product for their jobs is durability (63 per cent), their trust in a product based on previous experience (56%) and ease of application (52%).

Alex Briggs, Senior Marketing Manager at Armstead, commented: “The most important thing to any trades professional is the quality of their work because it directly impacts their reputation.

“Whilst it’s easier for specialists to demonstrate the type of work they do, it’s a challenge for a multi-skilled professional who could be working on an end-to-end job installing a kitchen that requires knowledge from decorating to tiling and carpentry to plumbing.

“That’s why, not only do they need to keep an eye on the latest trends across multiple sectors, but they also need multi-purpose products to protect their bottom line, without risking the quality of their work.

“Armstead paints are designed for this purpose – multi-functional and tested to the highest standards so that trade professionals can be confident that they’re choosing the smart way to get the job done.”

Painters and decorators were second in the league table, with the continued rise of DIY leading to greater competition between professionals, whilst plumbers were ranked least challenged, as one of the most specialist trades in the UK.

Most Challenging Trades 2019

  1. Multi-skilled tradespeople

  2. Builders

  3. Painters and decorators

  4. Electricians

  5. Plumbers

Biggest Concerns 2019

  1. Customer payments (64%)

  2. Securing the next job (39%)

  3. Customer reviews (34%)

  4. Completing necessary paperwork (28%)

  5. Social media profile (22%)

Leave a Reply

Latest news

Newton Waterproofing

The Newton Waterproofing App – Now on Desktop!

The free Newton Waterproofing App has undergone a major update, including moving to a Google software development kit and adding a host of new features.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Damp & Waterproofing, Facility Management & Building Services, Information Technology, Innovations & New Products

BBI Services

BBI Services: The problem with plan-do-review

Marc Roberts, Chief Operations Officer at BBI Services, tackles the topic of how to implement workable strategies for improving productivity and efficiency.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Services, Facility Management & Building Services, Site Preparation

Recofloor

Recofloor 2022 Awards Event kicks off in April

Recofloor’s 2022 rugby-themed awards event – the first in-person occasion for three years – kicks off in April at the renowned Twickenham Stadium.

Posted in Articles, Awards, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Exhibitions and Conferences, Facility Management & Building Services, Floors, Site Preparation, Sustainability & Energy Efficiency, Waste Management & Recycling

DCW

DCW 2021: Picture and video highlights of last year's show

Digital Construction Week was delighted to finally have the chance to welcome thousands of visitors to the show once again, between 24 – 25 November 2021.

Posted in Articles, BIM, Infrastructure & CAD Software, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Exhibitions and Conferences, Information Technology, Innovations & New Products, Seminars, Video of the Week