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The most in demand trades – Skill shortages continue

As a tradesman, you’re likely well aware of the ongoing skills shortage in the UK construction industry. Despite the challenges, the sector continues to thrive, with revenue projected to reach an impressive £404bn in 2024 [1]. 

However, the demand for skilled tradespeople remains high, and certain trades are feeling the pinch more than others. We explore the most in-demand trades and what this means for you as a professional in the field.

Builders, Electricians, and Gas Engineers lead the way

Recent research conducted has shed light on the trades experiencing the most significant skill shortages. By analysing job listings on popular platforms like Indeed, Totaljobs, and Reed, they’ve identified the key areas where demand is outpacing supply.

Topping the list are general builders, with an astounding 41,505 vacancies currently available. This highlights the continued need for skilled professionals capable of tackling a wide range of construction projects. Whether it’s new builds, renovations, or extensions, the demand for reliable builders shows no signs of slowing down.

Electricians and gas engineers also find themselves in high demand, with 9,365 and 7,393 vacancies, respectively. As essential services in both residential and commercial settings, these trades play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and functionality of buildings across the UK. 

The shortage of skilled tradespeople in these areas underscores the importance of attracting and training new talent to meet the growing needs of the industry.

A closer look at the numbers

The research reveals that there are over 80,000 job vacancies in construction trades overall, painting a clear picture of the nationwide skills shortage. Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 most in-demand trades:

  1. Builders (41,505 vacancies)
  2. Electricians (9,365 vacancies)
  3. Gas Engineers (7,393 vacancies)
  4. Flooring Contractors (6,081 vacancies)
  5. Carpenters (4,791 vacancies)
  6. Plumbers (4,585 vacancies)
  7. Joiners (3,865 vacancies)
  8. Window Cleaners (3,717 vacancies)
  9. Painters (2,277 vacancies)
  10. Roofers (1,618 vacancies)

These figures [1] demonstrate the diverse range of skills needed for a skilled trade and highlight the opportunities available for tradesmen looking to specialise or expand their trade job.

The future of the construction industry

As the UK construction industry continues to grow, the demand for skilled tradespeople is only expected to increase. A recent industry report predicts that 937,000 [1] new workers will be needed in the construction and trade industries by 2032 to keep pace with the ever-growing demand.

This presents both challenges and opportunities for those in the trade. On one hand, the skills shortage may lead to increased competition for qualified professionals, driving up wages and providing more job security for those with the right skills. On the other hand, it highlights the need for ongoing training and development to ensure that the workforce can meet the evolving needs of the industry.

Embracing the opportunities

As a tradesman, there are several ways you can position yourself to take advantage of the high demand for your skills:

Continuously upskill

Stay ahead of the curve by investing in your own professional development. Attend training courses, workshops, and conferences to stay up-to-date with the latest techniques, technologies, and industry best practices.

Network and collaborate

Build relationships with other professionals in your field, as well as those in complementary trades. Collaboration can lead to new opportunities and help you tackle larger, more complex projects.

Embrace technology

Utilise digital tools and platforms to streamline your work, improve communication with clients, and showcase your expertise. A strong online presence can help you stand out in a competitive market.

Focus on quality and customer service

In a high-demand market, reputation is everything. Prioritise delivering high-quality work and exceptional customer service to build a loyal client base and attract new business through word-of-mouth referrals.

Tradesman Talk

The ongoing skills shortage in the UK construction industry presents both challenges and opportunities for tradesmen like you. By staying informed about the most in-demand trades and adapting to the changing landscape, you can position yourself for success in the years to come.

At Tradesman Saver, we’re committed to supporting you throughout your career. Our comprehensive insurance is designed to give you the peace of mind you need to focus on what you do best – delivering top-quality work to your clients.

Until next time, keep building your skills and making your mark in the world of construction. Make sure it’s Tradesman Saver for all your insurance needs!

Sources: [1] – https://www.approachpersonnel.co.uk/blog/the-most-in-demand-trades-for-2024 

Darragh Timlin

With over 25 years’ experience, Darragh is an expert in all things insurance. Starting his career in commercial property underwriting, Darragh has worked for a number of global insurers and is now Managing Director of Tradesman Saver, part of the wider Henry Seymour Group.

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