Earnings for Plumbers Increased as Industry Hits Stride

In February 2021, the earnings of plumbers increased by about 4.8% as the construction industry hit its peak after several years. According to the Hudson Contract, the average weekly pay of the plumber increased to £983 during February.

Many contractors are seeing a high demand for plumbing contractors across England and Wales. Most of the people who are in the plumbing business are booked for days with orders. 

The pandemic has brought a lot of trouble for many businesses, but the plumbing sector has fought its way through and is growing as well. 

Why Choose Plumbing as a Career?

Following are a few reasons to become a plumber. 

  • An attractive wage: Day by day the demand for skilled plumbers is increasing, due to which wages are also rising. According to a survey, the average annual plumber salary is around £25,050 in the UK. Moreover, as you gain experience in plumbing, you could expect a yearly salary of around £40,000.
  • Job satisfaction: Similar to other trades, plumbing offers you job satisfaction. It is because plumbing is a specialised profession, and you need to learn skills as well as techniques for it. Also, there is always a high demand for skilled plumbers, which means your plumbing job is secure too.
  • No experience needed: When you think about starting your career as a plumber, you do not need any experience for it. But, yes, you need to go through with an apprenticeship program. Or, you may also learn the skills by joining any plumbing firm as a trainee. 
  • Ideal for those who are social: When you become a plumber, it gives you an opportunity to go to different locations for treating plumbing issues. In a day you may need to visit many houses, thus if you love to be social it is a great career for you.

Wrapping Up

All in all, plumbing is a good career option for current situations and for the future. Moreover, the UK government’s new scheme for plumbers makes this profession more valuable. 

Plumbers Most Likely To Experience Withheld Payments

In a survey, it is found that the plumbers face more withheld payments from customers than any other trade. The Ironmongery Direct conducted the research on 500 tradespersons, and it is concluded that they owe on an average £1,062. And, about 33 per cent claimed that they were waiting for over £1,000 from customers for completed jobs.

It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of traders have had payments withheld by customers. Also, these people face payment withhold issues twice a year. Further, one in ten tradesperson experience withheld payments more than five times a year.

However, only six per cent of traders are happy with timely payments by customers. In the survey it was found that the plumbers deal with payment problems the most while the landscapers experienced the fewest such issues.

Is there any withheld payments with other traders?

Yes, almost every trader be it electrician, gardener, or gas fitter experience payment delay or withhold payments for the completed job by customer. 

  • Builders: Builders are the person who owes the most, with an average of £1,300 withheld by customers. Around forty-five per cent of builders had over £1,000 of outstanding bills. Further, in the builder, the Bricklayers and carpenters are also experiencing similar withheld cash.
  • Plasterers: It was found that the plasters owed the least payment with an average of about £535 cash.
  • Female traders: One thing found in the survey is that female traders receive payment earlier than their male counterparts. However, women also found to be owed large payments. 

Try to learn new techniques to grow your business and to overcome the issues like delay payment.  You can take the help of the mobile revolution to bill customers online and get paid digitally. However, if the customer is trustworthy, withhold payment may be paid later by that client. 

Majority of UK Homes Not Suitable For a Heat Pump

Majority of UK Homes Not Suitable for a heat pump: This might be surprising but this is really true. Here’s all you need to know!

Are you planning to install a heat pump in your home?

If yes, then make sure you are using another heating method with a heat pump. 

According to the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) report, installing heat pumps alone will not solve the domestic heat decarbonisation issue of the UK. Therefore, you need to take support of other heating options like a hydrogen gas network. This helps to achieve a net-zero target of UK by 2050

According to the report, there are a lot of challenges of retro-fitting different types of low carbon heating technologies. This is due to the availability of different sizes, building age, and customer acceptance to these solutions. 

Moreover, it is also estimated that to achieve the net-zero target, energy efficiency solutions are a must. But, some measures that support heat pumps are intrusive to install and not acceptable by energy customers. In addition to examining building material and age, it is also important to consider the internal system for installing heat pumps and hydrogen boilers. 

What Does Stats Say?

About 54 per cent of homes in the UK use gas due to the lack of exterior space and unique thermal properties of buildings. In this case, the heat pump cannot meet the requirements of the property. To make heat pump effective, homeowners in the UK should opt for solid wall insulation, which may cost them more. 

In the end, it is concluded that the mean heat pumps are a good solution for very few properties. So, you also need to consider hydrogen, biogas and other hybrid systems to support the net-zero ambition by 2050.

Call for skilled trade persons who are expert in installing heat pumps and other hybrid systems. This will save you money on utility bills and protect your property from potential harm. 

The CIPHE Launches New Manifesto

CIPHE Launches New Manifesto: It calls on parliament to acknowledge the significance of the plumbing, heating engineering community.

The CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering) has launched its latest manifesto. It calls on parliament to acknowledge the significance of the plumbing as well as the heating engineering community.

The document undertakes several issues that Covid-19 has caused to this sector. Further, it also reaffirms the critical part that the industry plays to care for the people’s health and revolutionary the path to net-zero.

What the New Manifesto Entails

It comprises a number of recommendations to the government across numerous key issues. It includes scalds and burns, legionella, water, and fuel poverty, the turndown in public toilet facilities. In addition, it also contains the path to net-zero, education, water conservation, enforcement of regulations, apprenticeships, and supply chain shortages.

The CEO of CIPHE, Kevin Wellman, says that: “As a living document, the CIPHE’s manifesto was always planned to move with the times.” The sudden challenges caused by the pandemic have changed governmental priorities.

Further, it also gives emphasis to the significance of the industry as we move towards the road to recovery. And now, it is the right time to put together this new-found status that plays a vital role in shaping government policy. In this way, the search for local trades’ Covid heroes begins.

This much-prolonged document focuses in quest of to give parliament an insight for the plumbing and heating industry. It signifies how this industry benefits many key areas of government policies, including energy, environment, health, housing, and education.

Due to this period of upheaval, incoming time the UK is to need qualified, skilled tradespeople and competent engineers. As a registered professional educational charity, the Institute gives voice to the industry.

So in order to achieve its domestic and international goals, it is really important to pay attention to this sector. This is because it also impacts the very health as well as the wealth of the nation.

Protecting Commercial Hot Water Systems Using TMVS

A thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) plays an integral role in the plumbing and heating system. It ensures a safe and stable release of water to the outlets of taps and showers.

Especially in the current pandemic, it is crucial for commercial sectors to save people from hazards that are associated with systems of hot water. In order to deliver effective utility services, ensure that there is a correct deployment of TMVs in a building. There are several factors that installers need to consider before its installation.

TMVS – Preventing Scalding and Legionella

In 2010 it became a legal obligation to install TMVs in all public, commercial and domestic new builds. It is because these valves can protect end-users from the harmful impacts of hot water systems.

Basically, there are two types of health danger with hot water systems that scald and the growth of Legionella bacteria. To kill Legionella bacteria, one should store heat above 70°C in healthcare buildings, but this temperature can also lead to accidental scalds.

Here TMVs come handy as it prevents such hazards. Installers fix these dedicated valves before outlets to adjust water temperature before it gets to the end-user. The presence of an internal thermostat in the valve automatically controls the temperature of the water.

Further, the failsafe mechanism also gets shut off automatically when either the hot or cold supply is stopped. These valves have two different categories, including TMV2 and TMV3. So, it is imperative that installers carefully pick the right TMV for the application. They should make certain that its compliance with building regulations.

Public Safety & Commercial Hot Water Systems

Whether you work on commercial or healthcare projects, it is important to know the uses of TMVs in the most appropriate manner. It helps them to ensure a safe as well as uninterrupted supply of quality water to its end users.

Final Words

Due to the current pandemic, our healthcare sector must have the most exemplary infrastructure to deal with critical patients. This needs effective hot water system to keep people, safe people, even with its higher consumption.

Schneider Electric Seeks Stronger Collaboration in Future Industries

Schneider Electric, the organizer of the digital revolution of energy management, brings its business in the future vision. The wide call action of its enterprises is to embrace universal automation and digitalization.

Schneider Electric, the organizer of the digital revolution of energy management, brings its business in the future vision. The wide call action of its enterprises is to embrace universal automation and digitalization.

Further, it will enhance the global economic recovery, process industries, and advanced manufacturing sectors. It is one of the most sustainable corporations in the world and a universal manufacturer with smart factory set up as well as distribution centers. It is on a mission to make their firm the possible future for all.

Universal Automation

At present industrial innovation is determined by powerful software as well as data analytics that aim to increase productivity and sustainability. Now net-zero factory operation is possible only with the enhanced power and connectivity.

The new solution of “Schneider Electric” is based on the EcoStruxure platform that fetches the benefits of sustainability and universal automation to its users.

Sustainable Efficiency

It approaches the manufacturing and process industries to adopt the production process with a sustainable mindset. Implementing innovative technology with achievable sustainability goals will assist them in accommodating new business opportunities.

Moreover, other organizations are able to conserve energy and preserve the natural environment. For instance, Schneider Electric facilitates Argentina’s largest refinery to extend and integrate the solution to have continuous energy improvement.

Software Automation

With the current pandemic situation and ever-changing customer requirements, they have emphasized the significance of software. The next evolution of the organization IoT digital plant management is “EcoStruxure Plant Advisor.”

On the basis of pilot project results, EcoStruxure Plant Advisor can make up to €2.8 million every year to upgrade the manufacturing site. No one is aware of the upcoming challenges, but the intelligent application will definitely help to overcome those challenges.

Conclusion

The digital standard that Schneider Electric offers has the potential to offer extraordinary operational capabilities. Also, they focus on providing new business opportunities to all the industrial stakeholders for smooth growth and development.

VAT Reverse Charge for the Construction Industry

The new rules for VAT reverse charge introduces from 1st March 2021. It signifies a huge change in the approach with which the construction industry operates.

The new rules for VAT reverse charge introduces from 1st March 2021. It signifies a huge change in the approach with which the construction industry operates.

These new rules are a little complex, and you must be aware of what they actually mean for your construction sales statement and VAT returns. Moreover, you should also know that when you must use the VAT reverse charge for your organization.

What VAT Reverse Charge Means?

It is a new way to maintain books for value-added tax (VAT). Here, the end-customer who gets the ultimate construction services will pay the VAT instead of the suppliers directly to HMRC.

Moreover, the end-customer can also recover it as per the normal rules set by HMRC. The aim of this law is to combat fraud in the construction sector.

It is because HMRC believes that many subcontractors do not pay the VAT which they collect from their customers.

To Whom The Changes Affect?

The concerns of the “Reverse-Charge” are applicable for you if:

  • You are VAT registered organization
  • When you are registered under the CIS (Construction Industry Scheme)
  • If your work falls within the scope of CIS

If you and your firm come under this category, then all accounts which you produce are subject to the new reverse charge.

Will it affect Self Builders?

Self-built residences are exempted from this new law. Under the HMRC’s DIY House builders Scheme, they can retrieve VAT from HMRC, which they had paid during the process of:

  • Construction of a new house
  • Renovation of a structure into a new dwelling
  • To bring an existing building back in to use after the period of 10 years

However, there is a knock-on effect on the construction work for self-build who are working with small house builders. It is due to the reason of change in the direction of cash flows.

Subcontractors who adapt to the new rules can face administrative challenges. So it is important to understand for every individual how the reverse charge will work, and you can reclaim it.

Will it Affect Renovations?

If you are a subcontractor and work on any of the given below maintenance projects, then it is applicable to you.

  • Excavation
  • Manufacture of scaffold
  • Restoration of Site
  • Landscaping as well as provision of roadways and other related works
  • Paint or decoration on interior or exterior surface of any building
  • Site clearance

To know more about its effect on renovation, you can click here.

Exceptions to VAT Reverse Charge

All the professional services regarding design consultants, when supply goods on their own are not subject to this tax. In addition, builders, as well as their connected parties within a supply chain, are not liable to it.

But the condition is that customers must offer a written confirmation that they are an end-user of the services.

Winding Up

The main idea behind the VAT reverse charge is to minimize the fraud at the end of construction organizations. Moreover, it also protects the ultimate customers from paying an extra amount HMRC

Triton Showers Introduces the New Blueprint for Bathroom Safety Standards

Triton Safety launches an initiative to draw the attention of people towards bathroom safety.

Studies find that every year across the UK, approximately 6000 people are injured, and 80 people died from bathroom accidents. To address this concern, Triton Showers, a leading shower manufacturer in the UK, has come up with a safety initiative. 

The company launches bathroom safety standards to draw the attention of people towards bathroom safety. It focuses on the critical nature of shower accessories and the dangers of installing incompatible, poor-quality products.

Triton Showers comes up with a whole new framework to outline your homes’ key bathroom safety considerations. This is the Blueprint for Bathroom Safety that shows how to make your bathrooms fit and safe for all generations. Also, it covers the main components of specifying bathrooms, particularly in light of the UK’s aging population. 

Blueprint for Bathroom Safety

According to Triton’s sales director, Stuart Lane, bathrooms are the most common room in your house. It has different risks for people with limited adaptability, adeptness, or vision. We can implement several safety features to prevent these risks. You can install intelligent controls or accessibility apparatus in this regard.

Senior Technical Manager for Triton, Steve Saunders, says it is a huge problem for the bathroom industry. You cannot compromise with quality standards, and this room needs constant attention to competently protect people in their own homes.

Four-Part Checklist by Triton Showers

Triton has developed a four-part checklist for the sake of the complexity of bathroom and shower specifications. So, to ensure a fit-for-purpose space, the PASA test combines the four key areas: 

  • Purpose
  • Accessibility
  • Safety 
  • Aesthetics 

Different factors are important for a safe and suitable bathroom. In these factors, we can overlook style for older generations. So, if you are a plumber, you need to see things the customers’ way.

In addition to these bathroom safety standards, Triton offers an Omnicare range for inclusive shower solutions. Also, it combines the principles of safety and simplicity for a product, and it serves all ages and movability. In addition, it offers accessibility features such as:

  • Remote control on/off 
  • Audible feedback 
  • Intuitive operation

It also has a feature of thermostatic temperature reassurance, and it can be furnished well. In addition, Triton only offers shower accessories after testing this for the user’s safety in mind. 

Business Trends of Locksmith Industry in 2021

The locksmith industry follows the latest technology with rather fast steps. Over the years, people have opted out of traditional methods for modern-day smart lock solutions.

With the rapid development of residential and commercial buildings, security is high in demand. The locksmiths’ industry provides a wide range of services in this regard. They carry out activities like installation and maintenance of electronic access control systems, safes, CCTV, and other security services. 

The locksmith industry follows the latest technology with rather fast steps. Over the years, people have opted out of traditional methods for modern-day smart lock solutions. 

Business Trends of Locksmith Industry 2021

This demand for enhanced security is shaping the locksmith industry with the following trends:

Bluetooth and WiFi-Enabled Door Locks

Bluetooth and WiFi-enabled door lock technology is developing fast. These locks can be handled with your smartphones. They are operated by applications, which allow you to lock or unlock the doors with a single tap. 

You can add the number of users who can use these applications to operate your doors. It allows you to set temporary and permanent accounts for the users at all times or specific times as per your demand. 

You need to be within a certain range to operate Bluetooth-enable door locks unless you are using a Wi-Fi connection. It will allow you to control your door lock from anywhere and anytime. 

Such types of locks include features as voice & face recognition, alert notifications for forced entries. They can also check the history of locking and unlocking doors and auto-lock systems.

Locksmiths are also embracing the benefits of digital payments to gain more from the technology. This is one of most important business trends of locksmith industry 2021.

Connect Home With Locks

You can use systems that will connect lights, appliances, and other electronics in your home with your device. 

With such systems’ help, your doors will be unlocked if there is a fire occurrence in the house. Lights will turn on when you unlock the door.

Smart locks start gaining immense popularity, and locksmiths are trying to keep up with the latest trends. According to the market forecast, the locksmith industry is growing rapidly, and this business has a huge scope.

Nationwide Search for Local Trades COVID Heroes Begins

UK manufacturer and retailer, ‘SGS engineering’ have launched the ‘local hero’ awards for the most selfless and helpful tradespeople such as plumbers, builders, electricians, gardeners, and mechanics, etc

Many tradespeople have gone above and beyond the limits to help the community during COVID- 19, the deadliest pandemic. 

UK manufacturer and retailer, ‘SGS engineering’ have launched the ‘local hero’ awards for the most selfless and helpful tradespeople such as plumbers, builders, electricians, gardeners, and mechanics, etc. In addition, these local trades COVID heroes offered their valuable help to those who were in need during the coronavirus crisis.

‘SGS engineering’ awarded a cash prize of £1000 and a Kielder Tool Kit worth £500 to the national winner, and cash prizes worth £250 to five regional winners. These winners provided their services to maintain critical infrastructure or for the safety, sanitation, and operations of residences or businesses. 

They served across both domestic and commercial environments keeping safety guidelines in mind. Moreover, they followed physical distancingface-covering, and self-isolation guidelines not only to prevent themselves but also to ensure the safety of their customers.

Ways a tradesman provided extra services

A study of 500 tradespeople revealed that many of them go beyond the people they were working for. Some of the ways a tradesman provided extra services are:

  • Changed a light bulb
  • Helped a customer understand how to use their mobile phone/computer
  • Taken an envelope to the post office
  • Assembled furniture
  • Made recommendations on the property’s security
  • Run an errand
  • Helped to fix a broken-down car
  • Have taken the customers to the hospital when they’ve had an accident.

General Manager of SGS Engineering, ‘Dave Gordon’told that he has heard a lot of stories about tradespeople who helped their communities. He felt incredibly proud to be part of such a committed and caring industry.

They wanted to recognize those tradespeople who really went out of their way to support people in need in their local areas. That’s why they decided to launch the local hero awards.

This award highly motivates the morale and confidence of local trades COVID heroes and others. They are giving their best to serve the customers in this epidemic throughout the UK. Now, the demand for skilled workers has increased in the country.