Research and reports
It’s the time of year for storms, high winds and Arctic blasts, and unfortunately that can present additional challenges for those working in the trades industry.
Recent research shows that tradespeople can lose over £1,300 a year on average because they’re forced to take time off or delay projects when bad weather hits.
The study from Ironmongery Direct found that the average tradesperson is having to miss one week of work over a 12-month period because of factors like rain, wind, and snow.
Basing this on an average UK day rate of £184, missing 7.2 days a year means tradespeople are losing £1,325 over 12 months. Some are losing considerably more money, with 10 per cent saying they miss over two weeks of work due to bad weather conditions.
Having to cancel or delay work in bad weather can have a huge financial impact for self-employed tradespeople. Here Ironmongery Direct’s research reveals the trades losing the most money on average, with plumbers being the hardest hit.
£ lost a year (on average)
Painter and decorators
According to the survey, almost one in 10 (nine per cent) tradespeople have felt ill after working in bad weather. And one in 12 (eight per cent) have felt unsafe, and one in 16 (six per cent) have been injured.
With self-employed health insurance you can get quicker access to healthcare professionals, including GP appointments 24 hours a day. When you need to get back to work, getting diagnosis and treatment quickly can help minimise time off and the knock-on effect that has on your finances.
Read our guide to health insurance to see if this is right for you and your business.
We’ve created a hub with everything you need to know to help you prepare for bad weather. If you’re a Simply Business customer, you can also access important claims information if your business has been affected.
How do you manage your business in bad weather? Let us know in the comments.
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Catriona Smith is a content and marketing professional with 12 years’ experience across the financial services, higher education, and insurance sectors. She’s also a trained NCTJ Gold Standard journalist. As a Senior Copywriter at Simply Business, Catriona has in-depth knowledge of small business concerns and specialises in tax, marketing, and business operations. Catriona lives in the seaside city of Brighton where she’s also a freelance yoga teacher.
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