A new survey by electrical wholesaler, Newey & Eyre found that four out of every five contractors (83%) claim to use an iPad, smart phone or laptop as part of their everyday working life. Interestingly, it was shown that technology has become so engrained in their lives, more than a quarter of those surveyed (28%) claimed that they would feel lost without the use of technology at work.
The poll also revealed that many electricians are using smart technology to carry out a vast array of tasks, with more than two thirds (67%) listing online product ordering as the top reason, followed by downloading technical specifications for particular products. Finally, contractors also use their smart devices to look for technical advice and to carry out price comparisons.
Interestingly, the survey also revealed that one of the biggest challenges facing those working in the industry is the rise of legislation and the issues that arise from trying to stay abreast of the various changes, with seven in ten contractors (77%) citing this as an issue.
Further to this, more than half (55%) also claim that an increase in technical products mean that they have to work harder to keep up to date with new technology.
In response, half of contractors (51%) are now turning to apps to provide them with quick, on the job product information. In addition to complex product information, many apps now offer guides to how certain products can meet stringent new legislation guidelines.