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Job flexibility ensures tradesmen are the nation’s happiest workers

Over 90% of tradespeople are happy in their jobs, with the majority putting it down to the flexibility of mobile working, new research has found. 

tradespeopleThe study, which was conducted by IronmongeryDirect, found that 91% of mobile working tradesmen are happy in their jobs, with 50% of these claiming they are very happy.

Tradesmen stated that flexible working (61%) and increased productivity (28%) were the biggest benefits of mobile working. In fact, a massive 98% of tradesmen said they were happy with the amount of flexibility their job provides.

When asked what they enjoy most about mobile working, the majority (62%) said they liked having flexibility over the hours they work. 42% also took satisfaction in the fact they are trusted to do their job independently.

Some tradesmen prefer mobile working over being confined to an office as 23% said it helps them to work better as there are fewer distractions than in an office environment, and a fifth said it ensures they don’t get caught up in office politics. In fact, 16% said mobile working helps them to work with their team more easily.

The report also found that nearly four fifths of trade professionals (79%) believe that mobile working adds to productivity and improves their job performance.

The study of 500 mobile working tradespeople and 500 non-mobile workers in the UK was undertaken to find out the benefits of mobile working and how technology is impacting on people’s work, and whether it is driving productivity.

While the majority of tradespeople (91%) are very happy in their jobs, this contrasts with 62% of non-mobile workers who said they were happy, and just 24% very happy. In addition, 90% of tradesmen said they were happier as a mobile worker than a non-mobile worker, while only 55% of non-mobile workers said they were happier than being mobile.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said: “As we spend so much of our life working, it’s encouraging to see that so many tradespeople enjoy their job. It seems that mobile working plays a major part of their happiness because it offers numerous benefits, particularly around productivity and flexibility.

“Mobile technology is constantly evolving and it’s making it easier and easier for tradespeople to communicate with clients and management and get the job done more efficiently, making the whole process much smoother and less stressful.”

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