New research has uncovered that tradespeople are doing work for ‘free’ every single day!
According to the study, construction workers in the UK are missing out on around £2.7 million in potential earnings. The research, conducted by CORGI HomePlan, found that this was not due to anything you may suspect. Nothing to do with taxes, or the gig economy. In fact, the reason behind this is the generosity of tradespeople!
Specifically, they found that more than half of homeowners don’t expect to pay a traditional hourly rate for any extra tasks. Instead, 10% stated that they preferred to pay in tea. Or, just not at all!
When asked why this was, it was revealed that 62% tagged on extra jobs due to the convenience of already having a tradesperson in their home. A further 40% stated it was due to the expertise of the tradesperson. And an additional 23% revealed that they added extra tasks on to a job because they’re terrible at DIY.
In fact, when looking at the UK and DIY, 63% revealed that they would have no idea where to start on jobs around the home. And, it gets worse, some homeowners didn’t even know how to change a lightbulb! Take a look at the full report on this here.
When looking at the difference between homeowners, younger customers were found to expect more of a discount. The study found that 73% of young homeowners would want extra work done for a discounted amount. This is compared to 52% of homeowners aged over 55 who revealed they’d be happy to pay the full price.
Some of the things customers expected tradespeople to do for free were:
– Mend a broken plug socket (28%)
– Put up shelves (2%)
– Change lightbulbs (9%)
– Making tea for guests (8%)
– Keeping an eye on the dog (6%)
– Putting the bins out (5%)
You lot are too nice!
According to other research though, customers expecting things for free is one of the most annoying things for tradespeople. In fact, it ranked as number one! Check out some of the other top ten annoying things customers can do here.
The Chief Executive of CORGI HomePlan described: “Trades professionals are the nicest you can meet and we regularly hear about how our network of more than 5,000 fully-qualified gas safe engineers, plumbers, electricians and drainage experts are always willing to go the extra mile for our customers.”
“However, that doesn’t mean they are volunteers!”
So what do you lot think of this? Do you often get asked to do work for free? Let us know in the comments below.