What trade is in most demand?

7 Oct 2022

Many trades have experienced high demand in 2022. Let's take a closer look at which trades are in most demand for home improvements today.

Following the Covid pandemic, the UK experienced a boom in home improvements. Tradespeople were offered more work than ever, from decorating and renovation projects to full-scale extensions and conversions. Two years later and in 2022, the home improvements sector is still going strong. But what trades are in most demand? Let’s take a closer look.

The most in-demand trades in 2022

According to 2022 statistics, 82% of traders expected to be very busy this year. This highlights how, despite the current cost of living crisis and economic downturn, homeowners are still using their finances to fund home improvements. The report goes on to breakdown the trades that have experienced the highest demand so far in 2022.

  • Bathroom installers
  • Tilers
  • Roofers
  • Plumbers
  • Plasterers
  • Electricians
  • Carpenters
  • Painter and decorators
  • General builders
  • Gas and heating engineers

As you can see, many trades have experienced high demand in 2022. This list includes both skilled and semi-skilled trades, with both large-scale projects and smaller jobs taken into account.

How are increasing costs affecting trades?

In 2022, almost all tradespeople expect their costs to increase. With increases in fuel costs causing material prices to skyrocket, traders are having to pass on the increased costs to their customers to stay profitable. At the moment, these increased costs are being generally viewed as necessary by both traders and consumers.

Consumers have a desire to cut costs and are carrying out home improvements to do just this. Although the initial cost of a new boiler or new windows and doors, for example, may be a significant financial outlay, in the long run, potentially huge savings could be made because of the associated reduction in heating bills.

The popularity of green home improvements

A recent survey by the Property Reporter suggested that 72% of UK homeowners want to make their homes more efficient. Furthermore, 42% of UK homeowners stated that they are actually planning to carry out energy saving home improvements before the end of 2023.

Trades today are taking advantage of this boom in demand for more energy efficient homes. Some of the most in-demand green home improvements include:

  • Energy efficient boiler replacements
  • Window and door upgrades
  • Solar panel installations
  • Loft and cavity wall insulation
  • Heat pump installation

These energy efficient home improvements are mainly jobs which require a highly skilled professional to complete. With the UK government’s current drive to go carbon neutral by 2050, tradespeople working in these areas look set to have a steady stream of ongoing work for the foreseeable future.

At The CPA, we manage a database of professional traders across the home improvements and wider construction industry. All our members are full vetted to ensure that we only endorse the best tradespeople. To find out more about The CPA, get in touch today. For more information about using a CPA trader for you next home improvement project or to find out how to become a CPA trader call 01462 850 064 or contact us online.