Revealed: The towns and cities most in need of tradies

Revealed: The towns and cities most in need of tradies

The Tradespeople HotSpot Index from MoneySuperMarket Van Insurance has looked at the number of registered tradespeople in major towns and cities in order to find the places most in need of tradespeople and which trades are in the lowest supply.

According to the analysis, Sunderland is the city most in need of tradespeople, with just 18.6 registered tradespeople per 10,000 residents.

Looking at the types of trades in lowest supply, builders and plumbers were the most scarce with only around three companies per 10,000 residents. Other areas most in need of tradespeople included Belfast, Birkenhead, Southern-on-Sea and Hastings, which all scored significantly below the national average of 51 per 10,000.

In comparison, the market town of Bedford scored the highest on the tradespeople index, with approximately 108 registered trades per 10,000 residents. The town also boasts the largest number of builders per capita, at 26 per 10,000 people, more than any other area of the UK.

Closely following Bedford were Colchester, Manchester, Barnsley, and Bolton, making up the top five places with the most registered trade businesses per capita.

Top 20 towns and cities most in need of tradies

Rank City/Town Region Tradespeople per 10,000 people
1 Sunderland North East 18.6
2 Belfast Northern Ireland 21.3
3 Birkenhead North West 21.6
4 Southend-on-Sea East 21.9
5 Hastings South East 22.1
6 Crawley South East 24.3
7 Swansea Wales 25.5
8 Newport Wales 26.2
9 Sheffield Yorkshire Humber 26.3
10 Hartlepool North East 27.2
11 Edinburgh Scotland 27.4
12 Aberdeen Scotland 30.1
13 Blackburn North West 30.3
14 Blackpool North West 30.3
15 Liverpool North West 31.0
16 Cardiff Wales 31.2
17 Reading South East 31.3
18 Coventry West Midlands 31.7
19 Birmingham West Midlands 32.9
20 Kingston upon Hull Yorkshire Humber 33.0

 

The most in-demand trades

Based on business to resident ratio, plasterers are the most in-demand trade in the UK, with just 1.8 registered plastering businesses for every 10,000 people.

In fact, our study found plasterers to be in such short supply that in 12 towns and cities this number dropped to less than one per 10,000, with South Wales (Newport, Swansea and Cardiff), having a particular shortage across the region. However, with just 0.5 plasterers per 10,000 people, Woking had the most need overall.

Following plasterers were roofers (2.6), gardeners (3.1), and painters and decorators (3.6), while builders, electricians, and plumbers were in the highest supply.

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