Half of Brits pay for a helping hand at home

March 25th, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

If you employ a somebody to clean your home and do the jobs you hate, then you’re not alone. New research from thinkmoney reveals that almost half (45.5 per cent) of people in the UK have hired help in their house – equivalent to 22.9 million people across the country.

Not everybody is as keen on cleaning windows as George Formby was, so it’s unsurprising that the most popular household service in the survey was window cleaning. Almost 30 per cent (29.9 per cent) of those questioned admitted that they employ somebody else to keep their windows crystal clear.

In joint second place was household cleaners and gardeners, as 9.2 per cent of respondents paid to keep their homes tidy and their gardens mowed.

Coming in third was the handyperson, with 8.8 per cent getting outside help to do odd jobs around the house. Could this mean that the UK’s love affair with DIY is over? Have we hung up our drills for good? More than likely this result is down to people being too busy to get around to fixing a creaky door or drawer that jams.

The old adage about men being too proud to ask for help appears to be inaccurate, as men are more likely than women to hire a handyperson, 9.2 per cent compared to 8.5 per cent.

Perhaps the most surprising trend uncovered by the survey is that 18 to 24-year-olds are more likely to employ somebody else to do household chores than any other age group. Half of those questioned admitted that they had hired somebody to do some form of household chore, and 27.2 per cent confessed to having a permanent cleaner!

The age group least likely to have outside help were those aged between 45 and 54.

Unsurprisingly, 61.1 per cent of Londoners confessed to hiring a helping hand around the home, compared to anywhere else in the UK. Conversely, the Scots seemed content to do the dirty work themselves, with only 38.3 per cent admitting to employing any kind of cleaner.

Ian Williams, a spokesperson for thinkmoney, said: “In the end, whether or not you pay someone to help out with household chores is a judgement call. But, if your budget allows you to and doing so gives you back time to spend relaxing at home – rather than cleaning it – this could be money well spent.”