Where are all the tradespeople based?

Where are all the tradespeople based?

A recent analysis from business insurer Direct Line for Business has revealed a plethora of trade talent in the South East, as the region is home to more tradespeople than any other region in the UK. However, when looking for a tradesperson London residents have the most choice.  London residents have the best tradespeople to household ratio, with one tradesperson for every 130.6 households.

The South East boasts just over 27,500 tradespeople, each servicing 137.5 households. Other areas with high numbers of tradespeople are London (26,705), East England (19,870) and the South West (16,155). Overall, people working as tradespeople make up 2,500 per million of the UK population.

According to the analysis, tradesperson help is most sparse in the North East with one tradesperson servicing 305 households on average, more than double the number of homes that tradesmen in the East of England attend to. Other regions in need of more handy help include Scotland (one per 286 households), the North West (one per 230 households) and Wales (one per 224 households).

Regional breakdowns of the UK’s tradespeople

Region Number of tradespeople Number of households per tradespeople
London 26,705 130.6
East 19,870 130.9
South East 27,515 137.5
Northern Ireland 5,245 147.0
South West 16,155 152.9
East Midlands 10,970 184.5
Yorkshire & Humber 11,120 212.7
Wales 6,280 224.2
North West 13,935 229.9
Scotland 8,950 285.8
North East 3,935 305.2

Nick Breton, Head of Direct Line for Business said: “Developing electrical, plumbing, plastering and other trade skills is recognised as a valuable road to success.

“The research provides a nice snapshot of tradespeople hotspots up and down the country, and where it’s potentially easier to source help based on the ratio of tradespeople per household. In these areas where the numbers are high, a key differentiator for tradespeople can be having the right level insurance in place to protect themselves, their customers and livelihood.”

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