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The property maintenance sector is bouncing back after pandemic struggles

Research by property maintenance solution provider, Help me Fix, has revealed that the property maintenance trade industry is finally bouncing back after a difficult pandemic period, but still remains a long way from its pre-COVID peak.

The current size of the UK trade market, when combining the estimated revenue of seven major sectors, is £75bn. Leading this strong performance is the electricians sector with a market size of £25.5bn, followed by plumbers (£17bn) and bricklayers (£12bn).

Despite these impressive numbers, they show that the trade market has not yet fully recovered from a big pandemic hit. Overall, the market is still 8.5% down on 2019’s total value of £82bn.

The data suggests that the hardest hit sectors during the pandemic were joinery, still currently down -18.4% compared to 2019, along with bricklaying (-16.1%) and glazing (-16.1%).

However, despite not yet returning to pre-pandemic health, the market is showing signs of recovery and annually, the total value of the market is up 5.1%.

Ettan Bazil, CEO and founder of Help me Fix, said: “Pandemic restrictions were particularly problematic for many trades people, the result of which has been a decline in total market size across the board, with some sectors seeing a far greater level of decline. However, it seems that a slow return to full health is now well underway and this has no doubt been helped by the current property market boom, with a surge of new homeowners helping to boost business.”

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