2016 proving positive to tradespeople, suggests survey

A recent study by IronmongeryDirect suggests that 2016 is looking positive for tradespeople, with stronger demand and higher revenues expected throughout the year…

Revenues rising?

According to a recent study conducted by IronmongeryDirect, well over half of Britain’s tradespeople (61 per cent) expect their revenues to rise in 2016.

Driving demand is a stronger market and economy apparently, with the bulk of those surveyed suggesting that their pre-booked work had risen thanks to an economic uptick.

Customers left waiting

In fact, just 11 per cent of tradespeople suggested that they were able to take on a job straight away, with 22 per cent capable of starting a job within one to two weeks.

29 per cent, meanwhile, had a waiting list of around three to four weeks - perhaps an indication of Britain’s trade shortage.

Things can only get better?

Understandably, the upshot of all of this is huge optimism in the trade community - a staggering 91 per cent of tradespeople suggesting that 2016 will be a good year for business. As a result, another 91 per cent told the survey they were happy about their working lives.

And really, who can blame them when some clients are shouldering £40,000 fines?

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