Tradesmen among nation’s happiest workers

Tradesmen among nation’s happiest workers


British tradesmen are among the nation’s happiest workers, as new research reveals overwhelming job satisfaction in construction.

A survey of the nation’s tradesmen, by construction recruitment specialist, Ionic Recruitment, has revealed that 82% of tradesmen feel they have a healthy work-life balance. Four out of five tradesmen down tools at a reasonable hour, to enjoy some hard earned down time.

Unsurprisingly, 67% claimed they felt tired or exhausted when returning home from work, but this is outweighed by 89% who said they felt a sense of accomplishment when completing a job.

It’s almost a fifty-fifty split between tradesmen who said they felt satisfied with their salary. Over 72% were proud to tell people how they earn a living, proving hard work and job satisfaction gratifies British tradesmen more than their pay cheque.

To put this in to perspective, an earlier survey of 1,000 UK employees discovered that a mere 3% of the nation were satisfied with their salary level. Achieving a 51% salary satisfaction rate from construction workers is actually relatively impressive.

Martyn Makinson, Managing Director of Ionic Recruitment, said: “The research shows a real passion within the industry, which leads to a conscientious and productive workforce. 92% regularly find themselves undertaking work on friends’ and families’ houses outside of their nine to five. It’s this passion for their trade that stops it from being merely a job – they really care about their work.”

Top motivators for choosing a career in construction included passion for the job (22%), enjoying it (24%) and liking the variety (24%).

Martyn continued: “Salaries in the construction industry are rising and we hope that this entices more young people to enter the construction sector and take up apprenticeships, eventually becoming the next generation of highly qualified tradespeople. It’s positive for the sector that 51 per cent of tradespeople are happy with their salary compared to just 3 per cent in other industries.

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