Plumbers, electricians and builders are in huge demand in South Africa – here’s how much they earn

The demand for skilled craftsmen such as carpenters, toolmakers, fitters, carpenters or mechanics who have grown in South Africa despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Arjun Khoosal, co-founder of Kandua, an online marketplace for household services.

However, there is a shortage of people trained and qualified to meet this demand, he said.

Citing data from the Manpower Group and the national list of professions in high demandKhoosal said the demand for these services is likely to increase due to their evergreen demand.

“This is a fairly cyclical market, especially for craft based businesses serving homeowners or other small businesses. There will always be something broken that needs fixing or features that need updating. “

“Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has also been a clear upward trend in the home improvement sector,” said Khoosal. “Last year, for example, the demand for renovators doubled.”

Khoosal said that in Kandua, demand for home services increased 750% over the past year, with the largest demand for:

  • Moving company;
  • Carpenter;
  • Plumber;
  • Renovators;
  • Debris remover;
  • Landscaper;
  • Craftsman;
  • Panel beaters;
  • Welder;
  • Builders.

The vast majority of the services on the Kandua platform are provided by small businesses or independent contractors, said Khoosal.

Learning a trade is one of the easiest entry points into self-employment and, with the right support, can provide a stable income and a decent livelihood.

“It is important to recognize that artisanal companies have different development needs than other companies, with market access being crucial,” he said.

Commercial and professional occupations will also move more into focus over the next five years as part of a new program by the Ministry of Higher Education and Training.

“There are efforts to introduce a dual education and training system that systematically integrates theoretical, practical and job-related learning in almost all vocational programs that are offered at a vocational school over the next 5 to 10 years,” it says in its year 2021 / . 2022 annual benefit plan.

“The emergence of an integrated approach to professional learning has already been initiated by the specialization centers, which were launched in 2018 at 26 universities in 13 professions and are to be expanded in the coming years.”

Salaries and opportunities

Due to the unregulated nature of trades in South Africa, salaries can vary widely depending on your qualifications, experience and the job you will be performing.

Most traders also charge an outcall fee when called to a business or residence for their services.

This is reflected in Payscale’s wage data. The average salary of a plumber is between a minimum of 69,000 and 338,000 R per year.

“An early career plumber with 1 to 4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (including tip, bonus and overtime pay) of R 94,333 based on 20 salaries,” the group said.

“A mid-career plumber with 5 to 9 years of experience earns an average total pay of R159,000 based on 17 salaries. A skilled plumber with 10 to 19 years of experience earns an average total pay of R 195,500 based on 22 salaries. “

Payscale’s wage data for other key occupations shows a similar trend, with workers making significantly more based on their experience and skills.

  • Carpenters – R47,000 – R307,000 per year
  • Electrician – R26,000 – R414,000 per year
  • Welder – R41,000 – R358,000 per year
  • Panel racket – R66,000 – R350,000 per year

Data from Sable International over the past few years shows that electricians in countries like South Africa make between R37.02 and R153 an hour.

To be at the high end of that scale, skills like maintenance, switching and routing, and automation are sure to increase pay.

When it comes to plumbers, they can expect to make between R20 and R117 an hour. While those who work in residential areas, power plants, factories, and water treatment plants (called master plumbers) generally earn more.

Commercial jobs are also common in other countries, including popular emigration destinations such as Australia and the United Kingdom.

Having a job in SOL makes it easier for people in these roles to qualify for a skilled worker visa. Therefore, while this is not job security, a trade job can be used as a foot in the door for South Africans looking to move overseas.

Great Britain SOL Released in late 2020, features a range of craft occupations including:

  • Painters and decorators;
  • Floor coverings and wall tiles;
  • Plasterers;
  • Construction and construction;
  • Glaziers;
  • Carpenter;
  • Plumber;
  • Roofer;
  • Bricklayer.

The critical Skill list For Australia there is also a similar demand for trades with the following jobs:

  • Bricklayer and stonemason;
  • Carpenter;
  • Carpenter and carpenter;
  • Fiber plaster;
  • Glaziers;
  • Painter craftsman;
  • Plumber;
  • Wall and floor tiler.

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