86% of UK tradespeople have been abused at work by customers
Almost nine in ten (86%) UK tradespeople have been abused at work by customers, according to new research, with swearing, threatening messages and even physical attacks common in the industry. The study was conducted by IronmongeryDirect after its Mental Health in the Trades report found customer tensions and abuse are among the leading causes of stress. Swearing and insults (34%) are the most common form of abuse, […]Read More
National Apprenticeship Week: One in five tradespeople consider apprentices more important than ever
A third of companies and tradespeople (31%) who regularly hire apprentices feel that the program has been made harder due to the pandemic, as new ONS figures2 show a 30% drop in new construction apprentices between August and October 2020, compared to the same period the previous year. Demonstrating the effect of Covid-19 on the […]Read More
Is it too hot for tradespeople to work?
Tradespeople say heat is forcing them to down tools, and are calling for on-site water stations, says new research from IronmongeryDirect. Apart from the recent thunder storms, Britain’s summer has so far proven to be a very un-British scorcher. With temperatures hitting sweltering highs, spare a thought for the bricklayers, carpenters and other tradespeople that have […]Read More
Do tradespeople need to do more to keep up with smart technology?
84% of tradespeople said they had never undertaken any training in smart home technology, according to a recent poll carried out by the UK’s largest online supplier of ironmongery, IronmongeryDirect. Conducted in the lead up to Smart Home Week (21- 27 May) the poll revealed that despite the rise in popularity of smart home products, […]Read More