Beginning a new series of Talking Trade, hosts Darcie and Andy along with our guest, telehandler Doug, discuss all things pay.
Since Talking Trade is a Facebook Live show, Darcie and Andy welcome comments and questions from the viewers, and are able to dig deep into the topics that you really want to talk about.
Here are the top three topics from the last episode of Talking Trade, as chosen by you: the viewers.
Are electricians misunderstood?
While we can all be subject to a bit of site banter, sparkies seem to have a notorious stereotype for being messy, lazy, and overpaid.
“To be honest, I’ve always heard that electricians make a lot of money, but I’m not an electrician. You tell me; are they underpaid?”
“Well, I think electricians are probably one of the higher ends on site for being paid, but we have to pay so much money out for insurances, and things like that.”
In 2021, Tradeskills4u confirmed that electricians make the most money out of all of the trades, with the average yearly salary for an electrician (as recorded by the ONS) sitting at £32,540. Wowza!
Which trade makes the most money?
Although in our opinion, each trade is just as valuable as the next, the variety of skills and abilities in the industry means that a salary can range drastically from one tradesperson to the next. But, who makes the most money?
“I think groundworkers are one of the highest-paid. The owners of those groundworker companies are always driving fancy Land Rover Discoveries around.”
“Paul’s comment is interesting, because we had a comment earlier saying that site managers are overpaid and they don’t do much!”
“Bricklayers have the potential to earn the most, I think, because you can keep going and going. But maybe with electricians and carpenters, you can only pop in to get a bit done. You can’t go for as long.”
Am I being underpaid?
Whether you’re self-employed or not, it can be difficult to understand exactly how to value up the work that you’re doing. But, at the end of the day, we all need to put bread on the table. So, how do you know if you’re being underpaid, and what do you do about it?
“A lot of our jobs as bricklayers are priced. We can quote a job up to what we want to get paid. So, if you’re thinking that you’re underpaid as a bricklayer, you need to go and ask for more money. Don’t sell yourself short.”
“If you’re getting paid per brick, The quicker you are, the more you earn. So, it’s down to you; if you’re not very fast, you’re not going to get paid very much. But if you’re fast, the money’s there.”