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Builders of Britain nail the balancing act

Four out of five tradesmen down tools at a reasonable hour, to enjoy some hard earned down time.

Unsurprisingly, 67 per cent claimed they felt tired or exhausted when returning home from work, but this is outweighed by 89 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent of the nation were satisfied with their salary level. Achieving a 51 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent), enjoying it (24 per cent) and liking the variety (24 per cent).

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.

“Senior roles have clearly seen a larger increase in salary in 2015 thanks to the demand for experienced construction professionals. . Site Managers, for example, are currently experiencing the biggest change with a massive 26.5 per cent rise in their salary.

“With the massive upturn in new construction projects coupled with the major skills shortage, it’s a very exciting time to be working in the construction sector.”



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