Brits splash out on domestic helpWindow cleaners are most frequently employed

26 July 2007

 

window cleaning

Britons spend on average nearly £2,000 per year outsourcing domestic chores, a survey out today says.

Almost half (48 per cent) of householders pay for cleaners, gardeners, childminders and other types of help, according to job site Gumtree.com.

People who pay for domestic help do so for six hours per week on average, the poll of 1,050 adults found.

One fifth (21 per cent) of respondents were motivated by a genuine 'hatred' of mundane household chores while 19 per cent did so because of long working hours.

Window cleaners

The most frequently employed helpers were window cleaners, followed by gardeners and house cleaners.

Odd-job men came fourth and baby-sitters came fifth in the league of most regularly hired help.

The respondents spent on average £1,924 each on domestic help.

Gumtree.com spokeswoman Sophy Silver said: 'Despite rising interest rates and an uncertain property market, Brits are clearly refusing to sacrifice the home comforts provided by their domestic staff.'

Chauffeurs

Personal chauffeurs, personal assistants and nannies were the most expensive staff to hire.

The men surveyed splashed out twice as much on domestic help as the women, spending £46 per week compared to £29 per week on average.

Gumtree's research was based on an online poll of 1,050 UK adults carried out this month by Tickbox.

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