Homevalue and Empathy Research have published the results of a survey conducted recently on tradespeople, with electricians topping the polls.
In fact, ‘sparks’ were voted as being the most professional (39%), the most trustworthy (29%) and the best timekeepers (21%) from the range of tradespeople the survey included.
However, according to the findings, clients believe that they are paying for the superior service.
They were also voted as the ‘most expensive’ of all, with 31% of all votes in the poll.
Plumbers were voted as second most professional (18%), second most expensive (25%) and second-most trustworthy (17%).
Furthermore, painters and decorators were voted as ‘the best craic’ (18%) among all trades polled. Plumbers claimed 15% of the vote and bricklayers stood at 14%.
Besides, painters and decorators were voted as ‘The Best Craic’ (18%) among all trades polled. Plumbers followed closely with 15% of the vote and bricklayers at 14%.
The survey from the DIY, Hardware and Homeware group, Homevalue, polled over 1,000 adults.
Word of mouth is the most important marketing channel for tradespeople over other information sources.
75% of adults claim that word of mouth and recommendations from friends and family impact their decision to choose a tradesperson over any other.
A shortage of skilled tradespeople
Paul Candon, CEO of United Hardware, trading as Homevalue, commented:
“While electricians have topped the popularity ranking amongst consumers, for now, one of the key findings from this research was that Irish people increasingly value and respect the work of Ireland’s tradespeople.”
“While the research has many light-hearted statistics, it also acknowledges that there is currently a shortage of skilled tradespeople in Ireland, which was intensified by pent-up demand which emerged following successive lockdowns.”
“However, there is also clear evidence that tradespeople up and down the country have been working tirelessly to meet the demands of their customers and deliver the highest possible standards.”