materials shortage

Opinion: “Customers want to be warm, not just tepid”

In his exclusive column, Heating Engineer Andy Gibbs takes a look at how 2022 was for installers: It’s the end of the year as we know it! I thought we’d have a little round-up of what’s been occurring this year in the heating world. Boilers were in reality short supply at one stage, which was […]

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Half of UK tradespeople have delayed or refused work because of the materials shortage 

The materials shortage has plagued the UK trade industry for two years, and now new research has revealed the stark impact this has had on workers in the sector.  The study, conducted by IronmongeryDirect, found that more than three-quarters (78%) of tradespeople have struggled to source the materials they’ve needed in the last year. As a […]

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Opinion: Where have all the boilers gone?

In his exclusive column for Installer, Heating Engineer Andy Gibbs shares his experiences as he struggles to secure the boilers to fit for his customers: I’ve been doing this job a long time, compared with most, coming up to 32 years now, and in that time I have never encountered a situation like the one […]

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Materials Shortage: Anticipating bumps in the road ahead

ECA’s Director of Legal and Business Rob Driscoll explains why continued planning for restricted supplies and rising prices should be the new normal for contractors: The UK construction industry has faced a very challenging past two years but has proved itself to be highly resilient. However, we must prepare ourselves for even more bumps in […]

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Cost of plumbing contractors at highest level in 18 months

The cost of hiring a plumbing contractor rose to the highest level in 18 months during September, according to Hudson Contract’s latest analysis of construction industry pay trends.  Average weekly earnings for self-employed plumbers increased by 4.4 per cent to £1,021 last month, the highest amount since March 2020 and the first time this year […]

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