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Revealed: the UK’s best city for tradespeople to live and work

by LLB Reporter
29th Nov 18 2:41 pm

According to new research by bathroom hardware provider Sanctuary Bathrooms. The new ranking analysed the average wages of plumbers, electricians, joiners, and painter decorators, alongside cost of living data, university Building course ratings and the percentage of workforce in trades for each city. The data revealed that the best opportunities for tradespeople are concentrated in the North of England, with seven of the top ten cities located above the Watford Gap.

The top 10 cities are:

  1. Liverpool
  2. Newcastle
  3. Glasgow
  4. London
  5. Birmingham
  6. Leeds
  7. Nottingham
  8. Cardiff
  9. Manchester
  10. Bristol

The rankings also revealed that:

  • Leeds has the highest concentration of tradespeople in the workforce, making up 10.3% of the city’s working population
  • University College London offers the best Building degree course, with a rating of 99.2 out of 100
  • Glasgow offers the best rates of pay for tradespeople across the board, with electricians earning an average annual wage of £28,683

James Roberts, Director of Sanctuary Bathrooms, commented on the findings:

“As a company with our roots tied into the trade sector, both through our employees and our clients, we wanted to look where to find the best opportunities for tradespeople in the UK.

“The results are a useful resource for those wanting to embark on a career as a tradesperson, and also highlight important hubs for related businesses to expand into.

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