Revealed: the most in-demand trades across the UK 

Brits search for local tradespeople on Google over 700,000 times a month and now new research has revealed which of the trades are most in-demand. 

The study, conducted by IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist ironmongery, analysed search data from across the nation and found that plumbers are the most sought-after.

Every month, Brits make 162,415 searches for plumbers, representing 23% of all online trade enquiries.

In fact, in 82 of the UK’s 100 largest towns and cities, plumbers are the most coveted tradespeople.

The most in-demand trades across the UK are:

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Trade

Average UK monthly searches

Percentage of all searches for tradespeople

1

Plumber

162,415

23%

2

Electrician

107,230

15%

3

Landscaper

94,337

13%

4

Roofer

67,508

10%

5

Plasterer

65,943

9%

6

Carpenter

60,798

9%

7

Builder

56,585

8%

8

Joiner

41,563

6%

9

Bricklayer

18,664

3%

10

Building Surveyor

11,612

2%

11

Scaffolder

8,538

1%

12

Painter

8,283

1%

The people of Bath are most likely to seek the services of a tradesperson, with 103 monthly Google searches per 1,000 residents – the highest rate in the UK. The Somerset city is followed by Preston (102) and Bedford (88).

However, this varies by trade, with Exeter being the most lucrative city for many workers.

Trade

Most sought after city

Average monthly searches

Joiner

Southampton

4,813

Plumber

Blackpool

4,158

Plasterer

Bath

3,525

Electrician

Worcester

2,088

Roofer

Preston

1,810

Builder

Exeter

1,702

Landscaper

Exeter

930

Carpenter

Bedford

866

Bricklayer

Colchester

354

Scaffolder

Exeter

253

Painter

Exeter

183

Building Surveyor

Cambridge

173

Dominick Sandford, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect, said: “Tradespeople are incredibly valued members of communities all over the UK, but it’s interesting to see exactly where their skills are most sought-after at the moment.

“For people looking to enter a trade or set up their own business, data like this could be really useful when choosing a location to establish yourself, as it’s a helpful indicator of potential demand for your services.”

To see the top five locations where each trade is most in-demand, visit: https://www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/blog/the-uk-cities-where-each-trade-is-most-in-demand