Plumber job satisfaction amongst the highest of all trades 

Friday 11 March marks World Plumbing Day and research has revealed that UK plumbers are significantly more likely to love their jobs than the average working Brit.
More than three in five (61%) saying they really enjoy what they do, according to research.
The study, by IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist ironmongery, asked UK tradespeople about their level of job satisfaction and found that across all trades, 56% are happy with their careers, compared to just 37% across all industries.
  • 61% of UK plumbers say they love what they do, compared to just 37% across other industries
  • 44% of plumbers say they are proud of what they do
Plumbers are amongst the trades with the most job satisfaction, with 61% saying they enjoy their job.
Furthermore, almost half (44%) say they are proud of what they do.
Across all trades, around a third of workers say they are happy with both their work-life balance (32%) and level of income (31%).
Tradies were also asked exactly which parts of their work they find the most enjoyable. The most popular answer was interaction with customers (22%), while the ability to continually learn on the job also ranked highly (21%).
The top five things tradespeople enjoy about their work are:
  1. Interacting with customers – 22%
  2. Learning something new – 21%
  3. Working outdoors – 20%
  4. Job variety – 20%
  5. Seeing visible accomplishments each day – 19%
When it comes to individual trades, bricklayers are the most likely tradespeople to say they enjoy their job (69%), but interestingly are also the least likely to feel proud of their work (19%).
Electricians (63%) and plumbers (61%) also have really high job satisfaction, while at the other end of the table, building surveyors are the least likely tradespeople to enjoy their work (43%).
Painter and decorators and electricians are the most likely tradies to feel a sense of pride about their work (58%).
Millennial tradespeople are the least likely to enjoy their job, with only 43% stating that they like their work, whilst those over the age of 65 have the greatest career satisfaction (69%).
More men said they enjoy their job (60%) than women (50%), but women are more likely to be proud of their work (51% vs 45%).
Dominick Sandford, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect, said: “It’s great to see that so many plumbers enjoy the work they do, and feel a real sense of accomplishment for their projects.
“We’ve always believed that for many tradies, their work isn’t just a job, but truly a passion and a way of life, and that was echoed by the majority of tradespeople in our study.”
For more information about how each trade feels about their profession, visit: