Study finds 60% of scaffolders enjoy their job

The UK construction sector is suffering from a worsening skills shortage, caused largely by a lack of engagement with the Points-Based System (PBS), a post-Brexit migration policy, according to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

New research on tradespeople’s job satisfaction has found that Scaffolders are among the most satisfied with three in five workers (60%) saying they enjoy what they do.

The study by IronmongeryDirect for International Week of Happiness at Work (19-25th September) also found that 40% of scaffolders are proud of their work.

500 UK tradespeople took part in the survey where it also found that across all trades 58% of workers enjoy what they do. 45% were proud of their jobs, 32% are happy with their work-life balance, and 35% are satisfied with their level of income.

Millennial tradespeople are the least likely to enjoy their job the survey found, with only 43% stating that they like their work, whilst those over the age of 65 have the greatest career satisfaction (69%).

Across all trades, these are the industries with the highest levels of job satisfaction:

Dominick Sandford, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect, said: “It’s great to see that so many tradespeople 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.”


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