The number of female tradespeople in the UK is on the rise, according to a new study into the make-up of the UK’s trades.
The study of 10,000 tradespeople by IronmongeryDirect shows that women now represent 5.7% of working tradespeople. There are now more women tradespeople in the UK than those who are migrants.
According to IronmongeryDirect, the rise in women tradespeople is due to a demand from female homeowners and single-mothers, who may feel more comfortable inviting a female tradesperson into their home than a male. It adds that it is part of the phenomenon of more women setting up their own businesses and believing they can provide better customer service than existing businesses.
Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said: “It is interesting to see that women now represent a growing proportion of the sector. This influx of women is helpful for those who feel more comfortable or reassured having a lady working within their own home – particularly while the customer themselves and their children are present.
“The emergence of White Van Women could be a major trend as the economy continues to grow, and will help to meet growing demand, for example in the housing sector. Certainly good tradespeople are highly prized, and it is a great career for women looking to grow their own businesses.”
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