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Positive outlook for plumbers and HVAC engineers!

New research has revealed that more than a third of plumbers and HVAC engineers feel under pressure from their pending workload when compared with that of 2013, with 25 per cent of respondents claiming to put in more hours.


An annual health-check survey, undertaken by ECIS – the employment benefits company for the construction industry – highlights a positive business outlook for 2015, with some 87 per cent of plumbers and HVAC engineers saying they were ‘very’ or ‘quite’ confident about their prospects; of these a whopping 48 per cent said they were ‘very’ positive about their business.


The research flagged up that in 2014, working hours had risen for one in four respondents, when compared with the previous year, and a third had reported to have worked more than 50 hours a week. Twenty-one per cent had worked 56-60 hours per week!


Sadly, however, many plumbers and HVAC engineers claimed that their workload often spilled over into evenings and weekends, leaving little ‘downtime’, and had suffered varying degrees of stress as a result.


Phil Scarrett, of ECIS, explained: “The survey findings reveal a sector of the construction industry that appears to be high in confidence. With skills shortages being felt across the construction industry, contractors will need to consider how best they can support their tradespeople to retain much needed skills and expertise.”


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