Best Locations for the Trade

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A valued profession, working as a  trader can get you onto the career ladder quickly and offers solid opportunities for personal growth and income. Crusader Vans have looked into the best places to be a tradesperson in the UK, so if you’re looking to relocate or want to get the most from your trade – here are the best locations:

  1. Southend – If you’re looking for a new job, and a change of scenery, Southend is the top contender. It has the second highest average salary across all the trades (£32,335) in the UK, just behind London (£36,233). With over 9 businesses per 1,000 people and the second highest amount of vacancies, over 16 per 1,000 – it is one of the best locations for vacancies and businesses in the electrical trades.
  2. Wolverhampton – Located in the West Midlands, Wolverhampton has an average of £26,348 across all the trades. It also has the highest amount of vacancies, with 21 jobs per 1,000 people, particularly for those in the wood trades.
  3. Manchester – Being the second most populous urban area in the UK, there are over 13 jobs per 1,000 people, making it a popular choice after the capital city. With an average salary of £26,000, it is one of the best locations if you’re looking for a job in the electrical trades, and if you’re looking to start your own painting and decorating business – Manchester is the place to be.
  4. Coventry – Also part of the West Midlands, Coventry should be added to your prospects list if you’re looking for jobs in the wood trades, or want to start a business in the electrical trades. Coventry remains just above the average salary for tradesmen in the UK at £26,972, compared to £26,738.
  5. York – A move to the north east may help you climb the career ladder – with the average salary in the city being £24,393 for tradesmen. With nearly 14 jobs per 1,000 people, it is also the best location for vacancies in electrical trades and independent plumbing businesses.

With iconic skylines and bright lights, it’s no surprise that sparkies earn the most in London, around £34,986, nearly £6,000 more than the national average. If you’re looking for a new job, Southend has the highest amount of job vacancies available – and Southend, Coventry, and Liverpool are the best locations for independent businesses.

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