The UK is facing an unmet demand for tradeswomen according to new figures from the Register of Tradeswomen.
Founder Hattie Hasan, MBE, MD Register of Tradeswomen (and Stopcocks Women Plumbers) said customers are crying out for women to work in their home: “We’re currently only able to meet between 25% and 30% of job demands at the register.
“When we realised this, we were quite downhearted that we weren’t achieving our aims but what this really shows is how huge the demand is.”
Hasan began the not-for-profit register, during the first lockdown of 2020, in response to requests for from householders and discussions with women’s organisations requesting safer services for survivors of abuse.
She is now calling on more women to join the register and more organisations to support the cause: “We’re seeing the tradeswomen who join us rushed off their feet. What we really need is colleges and companies to step up and help us fill that need.
While there has been media coverage on the topic, Hasan believes one-off publicity stunts could prove detrimental to the cause.
She concluded:“A sustainable strategy – not just a short-term campaign, is needed to help us create the tradeswomen the public are clearly asking for.”