Research carried out by AXA Business Insurance reveals that a formal education to degree level, as well as professional qualifications, are common place among today’s tradesmen.
The research also revealed that the proportion of females working in trades looks to be growing.
The poll, carried out among hundreds of the UK’s tradesmen showed that over a third (37 per cent) of those polled had been university educated; more than eight in ten (83 per cent) had a formal professional qualification in their trade and over seventy per cent had taken an apprenticeship.
In turn, nearly half have themselves offered opportunities to others by providing a formal apprenticeship within their business.
Across both male and female tradespeople, 43 per cent made a “career choice” to enter the profession they are in and over half have set up their own business. Twenty-eight per cent went into the family business and nearly half had worked in another industry before settling on their trade.
On average the UK’s tradesmen are working 41 hours a week, take two and three quarter weeks holiday a year and the vast majority (89 per cent) will occasionally work weekends and one in five (22 per cent) always work weekends.
When asked to rate their happiness in their job on a scale of 1-10, the average came out at eight.
Social media is becoming part of working life for many professional tradesmen with over twenty per cent using Facebook and Twitter for business purposes and over thirty per cent using LinkedIn.
AXA Business Insurance managing director Darrell Sansom said the research shows today’s tradespeople to be well-educated, extremely professional about their work and savvy about using modern technology to help their business grow.