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Time poor Brits ‘delegating household chores to cleaning firms’

December 18th, 2015 Category: Local Authority & Housing

A growing number of consumers are taking a break from cleaning this Christmas, according to new findings.

Research published by Gocompare.com revealed that collectively, Brits have spent £1.3 billion on domestic help.

Rather than undertaking the tedious and somewhat unglamourous task of scrubbing floors and polishing windows this season, many consumers would instead prefer to sit back, relax, put their feet up and let someone else do the hard work.

Typically, the amount that people spend on hiring a cleaning company is  £49.50 a month.

Nearly half (46 per cent) of households pay someone to do one or more everyday chores.

The chores that were most likely to top the list of delegated tasks is window and car cleaning, followed by the home delivery of groceries.

Some 2,000 consumers were polled for the study, which also showed that many consumers paid or wanted to pay someone else to do household chores, laundry and general domestic tasks.

Speaking about the research, Ben Wilson home insurance spokesman for Gocompare.com said, “It’s clear from our survey that many households employ some domestic help – from regular cleaners to odd-jobs and DIY.  But, these householders might not have considered the consequences of someone working in their home having an accident or suffering an injury as a result of their negligence.

“Most home contents insurance policies include cover for employer’s liability.  Depending on the policy, cover ranges from £1 million to £10 million. Employer’s liability cover pays out for damages and costs arising as a result of claims from your domestic staff suffering injury for which you are liable for.”

Lack of time is the main reason people choose to outsource tasks. Indeed, the majority of those polled (76 per cent) felt that they don’t have time to do all the things they want to, while just under a quarter (24 per cent) thought they had enough time to do everything they wanted to. 

Over a third (35 per cent) said they  just simply didn’t know ‘where the time goes’ and a quarter are too busy looking after their family and home.

Others are simply bogged down by work pressures, with 22 per cent having to work long hours to afford to live and 18 per cent claimed that they already pack a lot into their spare time.

Gocompare.com also revealed that over a third (34 per cent) of people wanted more time to pursue their hobbies and 33 per cent wanted to dedicate their time to travelling.

Furthermore, 32 per cent preferred to relax, while 28 per cent needed more time to see friends and family, rather than worrying about the cleaning.

A quarter (25 per cent) said that they wanted to spend more time on keeping fit.

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