[b]Surplus of Sparkies[/b]

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by learnerelectrics, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. learnerelectrics

    learnerelectrics New Member

    With exaggerated reports in the media about inflated salaries college places for electrical and plumbing qualifications are quickly filled, and with long waiting list. This has been the case a good few years, so it seems there may well be too many electricians and plumbers in the market.
    Not to mention the influx of immigrant skilled workers from the new states of the EU.
     
  2. brumtrician

    brumtrician New Member

    and your point is ????
     
  3. Science d'ya getme

    Science d'ya getme New Member

  4. learnerelectrics

    learnerelectrics New Member

    Well a few years ago these careers would be considered a guaranteed way to make money but now there may be a possibilty of there being too many unemployed skilled workers.
     
  5. markysparky

    markysparky New Member

    Half the ones in college don't have jobs.
    It seems to be a lot easier getting a placement in a college than it is getting an appreinticeship with a firm.

    I've lost count of the amount of CV's I've recieved saying they are starting 2nd yeat of college/

    Half of the ones that go in think they'll be starting on 30k a year.

    Once the reality sets in half of them will drop out.
     
  6. hog ridin sparky

    hog ridin sparky New Member

    With exaggerated reports in the media about inflated
    salaries college places for electrical and plumbing
    qualifications are quickly filled, and with long
    waiting list. This has been the case a good few
    years, so it seems there may well be too many
    electricians and plumbers in the market.
    Not to mention the influx of immigrant skilled
    workers from the new states of the EU.

    Hmmmm, so there are too many sparkies.

    If that's the case why am I so frickin' busy and every good sparks I know is equally busy?

    Why not P155 off and annoy someone else?!
     
  7. brumtrician

    brumtrician New Member

    well said
     
  8. mskelec

    mskelec New Member

    Exactly! A good tradesman will never be out of work. I've been going a little over a year, and the phone is always bloomin' ringing. Once you get a name for being fair, and do a good job, you're set for life.
     
  9. brumtrician

    brumtrician New Member

    http://www.screwfix.com/talk/thread.jspa?threadID=20338&messageID=197539#19753

    Hoping for some advice here, I have changed the immersion heater rod twice in the last six months, I have also changed the thermostat so I get hot water for a while but then it stops working
    What could be wrong, I have tried getting someone to look at it but they either dont deal with immersion heaters, or dont answer the phone.


    Funny you cannot get anyone to look at your immersion heater when the market place has so many electricians around !!
     
  10. tallow nob

    tallow nob New Member

    I've had 3 agencies in the last 10 days trying to unload qualified guys on me.

    Weird.

    TN
     
  11. learnerelectrics

    learnerelectrics New Member

    I am simply making a point which will effect many people, I cannot see why some guys are getting wound up.
    Surely if in the near future there maybe to many electricians around then that will obviously effect peoples livelihoods.
    Or should we just bury our heads in the sand?
     
  12. hog ridin sparky

    hog ridin sparky New Member

    I'd take a guess that at most, 10% of those who take up college courses will follow through to become self employed sparks.

    That probably won't even cover the guys who are getting out of the game due to the increased administration.

    More still will drop out after their first year of business and those still in it will continue to make a decent, if not great, living out of it.

    That's my view for what it's worth. No head in the sand here, mate. I do think about these things.If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. If I'm right, you're worrying for nowt!
     
  13. sparks

    sparks New Member

    I don't know if I'm missing something here but we find it hard to get and keep hold of good sparks, we get a lot of sparks applying for jobs but if we give them a trial period they are usually not so hot, a lot of you guys are self employed so you know thats there's a lot more too it than just doing the job, i.e. quoting, sourcing materials, design, inspection & testing, chasing money etc, upon leaving a college course you have a lot to learn but these guys seem to have the attitude of "OK I'm a qualified spark give me top money" but thier output of work doesn't justify top money, nor will it for a few years.

    TC
     

Share This Page