UK tradespeople believe rising cost of materials will be biggest challenge in 2023


UK tradespeople believe that the rising cost of materials will be their most significant challenge in 2023, according to a new report assessing the confidence of the industry.

The study, conducted by ElectricalDirect, surveyed tradespeople about their views on the year ahead and found that, whilst there is a general acceptance that the landscape is difficult, some are cautiously optimistic.

11% of UK tradespeople think their companies will have a good year in 2023, and 15% believe the industry will grow stronger over the coming months. Furthermore, 21% of tradespeople think they’ll be better off financially in 2023, and 17% are looking to expand and hire new staff.

However, with widespread societal issues, such as the cost of living crisis, affecting most UK households, some tradespeople are naturally more wary about the next 12 months. All the respondents acknowledged that there will be challenges, and top of the list is the rising cost of materials (44%).

The top five challenges for UK tradespeople in 2023 are:

  1. 44% – the rising cost of materials
  2. 30% – rising fuel costs
  3. 27% – getting hold of materials
  4. 24% – customers doing their own DIY work
  5. 20% – becoming more sustainable
    The trades most likely to feel that 2023 will be a good year for their companies are: 

Dominick Sandford, MD at ElectricalDirect, said, “It’s been a really tough couple of years, both nationally and for the industry, but while many challenges remain, it’s encouraging to see that some tradespeople are feeling positive about the future as we approach 2023.”

ElectricalDirect’s report in full can be read here.