One in three trade workers enjoy their job, new research shows

A survey of 1,220 workers, commissioned to mark the launch of the One4all Spotlight Awards, has revealed almost 1 in 3 (30%) of workers in the trades and construction sector enjoy their job and plan to remain with the company “for the foreseeable future”.

A total of 13% of the trades and construction workers surveyed said that they like where they work so much that they hope to stay in their existing company for the rest of their working life.
Careers were rated third when asked about the most important things in life, after family and romantic relationships.

Half (50%) of trades and construction workers said they would be happy to work longer hours than they are contracted for, while a similar number (41%) would take on more responsibility than their job role requires.

More than 1 in 4 (26%) of trades and construction workers confessed they would be willing to travel more or further for work.

However, only 11% said they would be prepared to take a pay cut if it meant they could stay in their current role.

Declan Byrne, UK managing director at One4all Rewards, said: “It’s great to see how many trades and construction workers truly enjoy their jobs and the companies they work for. We spend such a huge portion of our lives in work so it’s really important to feel that you are in the right role and company.

“Employers in the trades and construction sector need to take this statistic seriously – while it is fantastic that the majority claim to enjoy their jobs, there is still 24% of the trades and construction work force that can’t say this is true, and these people need their morale and happiness at work to be addressed.

Byrne concluded: “It is interesting, however, that while workers in the trades and construction industry are willing to go the extra mile – working longer hours, taking on more responsibility and even travelling more or further – to ensure their employers are successful, ultimately being remunerated and rewarded for their efforts is still crucial.