Demand for tradespeople jumps 63% during pandemic

Research from Northern Ireland’s largest insurance comparison website shows jobs in the trade industry have increased throughout the pandemic by 63%, with the top two revealed as joiner / carpenter and builder…

The data from compiled the top ten list of trade occupations for 2020 and compared them to the 12 months previous. Number one on that list was carpenter /joiner with a 66.6% increase followed by builder / bricklayer at 57.7% increase.

Handyman moved up from 8th to 5th position and was the biggest overall change with a 123% increase from 2019. Followed by painter / decorator with a 122.7% increase – the only new entry to the table, in at number 10.

Responding to the data, Founder Greg Wilson comments: “With the nation in renovation mode throughout lockdown, it is not so surprising that demand for trade skills is spiking but it is great news for tradespeople and could even provide opportunities for those who have been made redundant recently.”