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Handymen face redundancy as DIY becomes the norm

Odd job men suffer as Brits cut back on hired help

Households are cutting back on window cleaning

Britons think dirty windows are a price worth paying as the recession hits local tradespeople.

Many of the people who help provide support in homes, such as window cleaners and handymen, could be left without work. 

The findings are from Legal and General’s Changing Face of British Homes research which compares the type of help being employed in February 2008 with those employed at the end of December 2008.

Dwindling opportunities

The report reveals that 45%, of the households who employed some help in the home last year are cutting back, with just 23% of British households employing people to help around the house, compared with 42% in February 2008.

38% of households currently employing help in their home plan to do without them in the next six months, because of increasing financial pressures.

As unemployment nears the two million mark, the opportunities for work in British homes appear to be dwindling. 

Green fingers 

The number of people employing window cleaners has fallen 48% to 13% and gardeners also look set for a lean summer, with just 4% of households intending to spend money on them.

If you do employ people to work in your home, make sure you check their credentials – see Which? local for Which? subscribers’ recommendations for local tradespeople. 

And don’t forget to check with your insurance provider that your home contents insurance protects you against theft or damage caused by someone you have employed – see our guide to contents insurance and insurance Best Buys.

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