Post-pandemic house renovations cause boom in earnings for tradespeople

A new report, by Simply Business, has revealed the tradespeople who received the fastest growing earnings between 2020 and 2021. A boom in home renovations caused by the pandemic has led to a dramatic increase in earnings for tradespeople including joiners, furniture removers, and glaziers.

Simply Business, a small business insurance provider, analysed over 200,000 policies from tradespeople across the UK to reveal the biggest growth in earnings across the trades.

As millions of households sought home renovations in the midst of the pandemic, glaziers and furniture removers saw their turnover grow by 11% and 14%, respectively.

By contrast, electricians only saw an increase of 5%, followed by roofers who saw their earnings increase by 6%.

The list is topped by joiners who have seen a 36% rise across this period, followed by furniture removers (14%) and glaziers (12%).

The fastest-growing tradespeople

  1. Joiners (36%)
  2. Furniture removal (15%)
  3. Glaziers (12%)
  4. Dry lining (10.5%)
  5. Office cleaner (10%)
  6. Fencing contractors (7.5%)
  7. Builders (7%)
  8. Driver – HGV (6.3%)
  9. Roofers (6%) / Electricians (6%)

Alan Thomas, UK CEO at Simply Business, comments: “The past couple of years have been remarkably hard on tradespeople, so it’s encouraging to see that an increase in demand for their skills has led to a rise in earnings for so many in the trades.

“Over the past two years, tradespeople have demonstrated remarkable resilience, navigating supply shortages, price hikes, inflation and tax increases. Despite this, almost half of tradespeople still remain positive about the future.

“The UK’s tradespeople will continue to play a key role in the rebuilding of our economy and our communities, and their ongoing resilience should give us all confidence that we’re on the right track to recovery

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