Posted: Monday, October 23rd, 2017 at 7:00am 

Ever wondered what the other trades who work on site with you earn? Here at Fix Radio we’ve been doing some research and this is what we’ve found:

According to ‘Trade Skills for You’ the top earner for the 4th year in a row is.......Sparkys! Surprised? No, but why do they earn more than anyone else?

The answer is simple really - Electricians require the most amount of training and have to deal with the most amount of regulation.

The average starting salary for a trainee electrician is £20k, rising to just over £30k when qualified.

Next up on the list is Plumbers. Whilst they aren’t the top earners, they are a close second to Sparkys bringing in an average salary of just over £28k.

This may have something to do with the complexity of the trade, there is a lot to learn theoretically and practically, and you have to be fully clued up about water and building regulations, as well as British and European Standards.

Carpenters take home just over £25k on average, closely followed by brickies & tilers at just over £24k. These are all skilled trades, but require less training and regulation than the other two, which may explain why they aren’t as high earning jobs as Electricians and Plumbers.

Plasterers and roofers come in at just over £22k and bringing up the rear is painters.

With all this said, trade salaries are on the rise, due to the skills shortage. New research from recruitment firm Manpower has found that electricians, plumbers, and bricklayers are seeing wages soar as the skills shortage sweeps the country.

So what do you think of all this? Do any of these statistics surprise you? Do you think it’s fair that some trades earn more than others? Let us know what you think in the comments below or by texting FIX plus your message to: 81400

Remember, at the end of the day, it isn’t just about how much you can earn, but also about how happy you are in your job - which is priceless! 😉

Source: https://www.tradeskills4u.co.uk





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