Consumers give building industry professionals mediocre marks

Analysis

Hungarians rate building industry professionals 3.5 on a scale of one to five, with five showing complete job satisfaction and one designating amateurish work, news agency MTI reports, citing a survey by the local unit of Italian-owned buildings material maker Mapei.

The representative survey conducted in August shows the "Construction Industry Confidence Index" was lowest in the capital and surrounding Pest County, at 3.3, and highest in Tolna County, at 4.

The index also varied according to professions, with electricians rated 4, plumbers and gasfitters 3.8 and painters 3.7, while general contractors were rated 2.9.

Mapei Kft managing director Béla Markovich said the poor assessment of general contractors could be because they are often blamed for the mistakes of subcontractors.

The survey also showed that 34% of Hungarians have lost money because they hired non-professionals to do construction work.

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