The garage contractor industry is booming in Canada, with a report from the Canadian Association of Garage Contractors showing that in 2017, more than 2.1 million people in the country worked in the industry, up from 2.0 million in 2016.
The growth was largely attributed to the rise in the number of commercial and residential building projects in Canada and the emergence of a new market in the United States for residential home remodeling.
As part of its report, the association surveyed 2,100 Canadians in five regions of Canada to determine the industry’s profile.
They found that nearly half of garage contractors in the region work in the residential and commercial building sectors.
They were also asked to rate their experience in the profession, and how they rate it on a scale of one to 10.
A final category included how satisfied they were with their work experience.
While the association found that garage contractors were satisfied with their overall job performance, they also rated their satisfaction on a sliding scale: 4 or 5 being the most satisfied, 5 or less being the least satisfied, and 3 or less not at all satisfied.
This means that the more satisfied garage contractors are with their job, the more likely they are to rate themselves as satisfied with it.
The association also found that while there was a high correlation between satisfaction levels and a customer’s satisfaction with their service, there was no correlation between a garage contractor’s satisfaction rating and the amount they spend on their service.
In fact, the garage contractor was less likely to report having a negative financial impact on them, and they were also less likely than non-garage contractors to have been fired for poor performance.
There was a similar correlation between an owner’s satisfaction level and their garage contractor rating.
A third of garage contractor respondents said that their garage contractors did not provide them with a “good service,” and only a third of them said they were satisfied.
“Garage contractors are not only skilled and experienced professionals, but they are also compassionate and caring individuals who are committed to their clients’ needs and have a positive attitude towards the customer’s experience,” said Scott Thompson, president and CEO of the association.
“These are the types of professionals that can create a good work-life balance for their clients and are willing to give back to the community by helping others in need.”
While the average salary for a garage contractor is $55,000, some of the best salaries in the field are reported to be $100,000 or more, according to the association’s survey.
In some cases, those salaries are significantly higher.
The average garage contractor in the GTA received $140,000 in salary, with some contracts paying as much as $300,000.
The survey also found a correlation between garage contractors’ age and their satisfaction.
Those with a university degree or a post-secondary diploma were more likely to rate them as satisfied than those with only a high school diploma.
Garage contractors were also more likely than other workers to report working overtime, including those working multiple jobs.
However, they were less likely in the city of Toronto and the Vancouver metropolitan area to report being overtime-free, with just a third reporting working on a regular basis.
Thompson noted that these are not necessarily bad things for a worker.
“The positive part is that many garage contractors work part-time, and if their hours are cut back, they’re happy to come back to work on weekends and holidays,” he said.
“They’re happy working part-timers, and we’ve found that that’s the most likely thing they’ll do.
They’re more likely at home and more apt to work overtime.””
We also found in some of these markets, we found that people who work for the government are more likely [to be] contractors and more likely do more overtime.
They’re more likely at home and more apt to work overtime.”