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Plumbers: The happiest tradespeople in the UK

In the UK, the plumbing profession has long been an essential part of maintaining the infrastructure and comfort of homes and businesses alike. However, research has shed new light on the job satisfaction and overall well-being of those working in this field, revealing that plumbers rank highest among all tradespeople in terms of happiness and fulfilment.

We examine the various factors that contribute to the high levels of job satisfaction among plumbers. 

The Boundless survey

A study by Boundless has surveyed over 950 tradespeople in the UK and found that nearly three-quarters of them are satisfied with their jobs. An impressive 72% of respondents described themselves as ‘happy’ or ‘very happy’ in their current position, while 70% said they would recommend their job to others.

But which trade came out on top? Plumbers, with 55% of them saying they were ‘extremely happy’ in their lives and not a single one reporting being unhappy with their job. It’s clear that when it comes to job satisfaction, plumbers are in a league of their own.

Factors contributing to plumbers’ happiness

So what is it about plumbing that makes it such a fulfilling career? According to the survey, there are a couple key factors at play: 

Exercise and rest

Plumbers reported high scores in terms of sleep quality and physical exercise. It’s no secret that a healthy body and mind are essential for overall happiness, and it seems that plumbers are prioritising their well-being both on and off the job.

Problem solving and job satisfaction

Plumbers also have the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives by providing essential services and solving problems. Whether they’re fixing a leaky pipe, installing a new boiler, or ensuring that a home has safe and reliable access to water, plumbers play a vital role in their communities.

The benefits of a career in plumbing

Of course, job satisfaction isn’t the only factor that makes plumbing an appealing career choice. The trade as a whole offer a unique combination of benefits: 

Strong earning potential

  • According to recent data, the annual UK construction salary sits at £42,500 – significantly higher than the national average of £31,772.
  • With a clear path for progression and the opportunity to start your own business, there’s no limit to how far you can go in your career.

Stability and job security

  • As long as there are homes and businesses with running water, there will always be a need for qualified plumbers.
  • This provides a sense of stability and job security that can be hard to come by in other fields.

Opportunity for growth and advancement

  • Plumbing offers a clear path for progression, from apprentice to journeyman to master plumber.
  • Many plumbers go on to start their own businesses, giving them even greater control over their careers and earning potential.

Tangible impact on people’s lives

  • Plumbers have the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives by providing essential services and solving problems.
  • Whether it’s fixing a leaky faucet or installing a new boiler, plumbers help keep homes and businesses running smoothly.

By offering a combination of strong earning potential, job security, opportunities for growth, and the chance to make a tangible impact on people’s lives, plumbing is a career that offers a unique set of benefits that are hard to find elsewhere.

Tradesman Talk

At Tradesman Saver, we’re committed to supporting you on your journey as a plumber. Our comprehensive plumbers insurance gives you the peace of mind you need to focus on what you do best – providing top-quality service to your customers.

Talk to us today about how we can help you build a rewarding and successful career in plumbing. With the right tools, support, and mindset, there’s no limit to what you can achieve in this exciting and essential trade.

Dean Laming

Dean Laming is a Chartered Insurance Broker with more than 25 years insurance experience. Through various underwriting, operational and management roles, Dean has built up extensive knowledge of how to run a business and is now Managing Director of Tradesman Saver, part of the wider Henry Seymour Group.

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