Contractors battle through bad weather
Electricfix has revealed that just 10 per cent of electricians resort to cancelling jobs due to weather conditions. Indeed, the majority (55 per cent) state they continue to work through any bad weather that comes their way, with a further 22 per cent instead working a reduced schedule.Whether the forecasters predict floods, rain, snow or fog, most electricians carry on regardless, investing in appropriate clothing (31 per cent) or stocking up essential products and tools (17 per cent) to remain safe and comfortable while working.
A key trend identified in research by Electricfix was of tradesmen working smarter during periods of extreme weather. Instead of reducing their workload, many instead choose to prioritise indoor jobs, work closer to home or build in extra time when planning their journeys to take into account any road disruptions.
Staying in contact with customers, colleagues and suppliers is a key priority all year round, and even more so during bad weather. Electricians are embracing technology to help them do this, with three quarters owning a smart phone. In addition, research from Electricfix shows that electricians are using smartphones and tablets to purchase supplies for their business, with 98 per cent planning to buy the same amount or more via these digital platforms in 2013.
Sandra Everett, senior marketing manager at Electricfix, commented, ‘For many self-employed electricians, taking a day off due to weather just isn’t an option. For most it means a loss of earnings and letting down valuable and loyal customers.’