If you need a tradesperson live in the South East Tradesmen in the South East

If you need a tradesperson live in the south east

  • The South East boasts the highest number of tradespeople in the UK, with over 27,500 tradies on hand
  • London residents benefit from the best tradespeople to household ratio, with 1 tradesperson on average available to attend to 131 households
  • The North East is low on handy help, with just under 4,000 tradespeople servicing the region - 1 per 305 households

London, 5th October 2016: New analysis from business insurer Direct Line for Businesss1 reveals a plethora of trade talent in the South East, as the region is home to more tradespeople than any other region in the UK.

The South East boasts just over 27,500 tradespeople (27,515),each servicing 137.5 households. Other areas with high numbers of tradespeople are London (26,705), East England (19,870) and the South West (16,155). Overall, people working as tradespeople make up 2,500 per million of the UK population.

According to the analysis, tradesperson help is most sparse in the North East with one tradesperson servicing 305 households, more than double the number of homes that tradesmen in the East of England attend to. Other regions in need of more handy help include Scotland (one per 286 households), North West (one per 230 households) and Wales (one per 224 households).

Table One: Regional breakdowns of the UK's tradespeople

Region Number of tradespeople Number of households per tradespeople
London 26,705 131
East 19,870 130.9
South East 27,515 137.5
Northern Ireland 5,245 147.0
South West 16,155 152.9
East Midlands 10,970 184.5
Yorkshire & Humber 11,120 212.7
Wales 6,280 224.2
North West 13,935 229.9
Scotland 8,950 285.8
North East 3,935 305.2

Source: Analysis by Direct Line for Business

Nick Breton, Head of Direct Line for Business said: “Developing electrical, plumbing, plastering and other trade skills is recognised as a valuable road to success.

“The research provides a nice snapshot of tradespeople hotspots up and down the country, and where it's potentially easier to source help based on the ratio of tradespeople per household. In these areas where the numbers are high, a key differentiator for tradespeople can be having the right level insurance in place to protect themselves, their customers and livelihood.”

For further details on Direct Line for Business landlord insurance visit https://www.directlineforbusiness.co.uk/public-liability-insurance

Notes to Editors

1 Direct Line for Businesses' analysis of ONS data covering the counts of micro employment size band classification (0-9 employees) enterprises, broken down by country and region for 2015

2 Direct Line for Business analysis of ONS data covering the Count of VAT and/or PAYE based Enterprises in the United Kingdom by specified Employment and Turnover Size bands as of March 2015

For further information please contact:

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Antonia Green
Tel: 020 7282 2967
Email: antonia.green@citigatedr.co.uk

Direct Line for Business
Jade Trimbee
PR Manager
Tel: 01372 839 452
Mobile: 07825 315 931
Email: jade.trimbee@directlinegroup.co.uk

Direct Line for Business

Launched in 2007 Direct Line for Business provides a range of insurance products for the small business sector direct by phone or on-line.

Direct Line for Business insurance policies are underwritten by U K Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England and Wales No 1179980. U K Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Direct Line for Business and U K Insurance limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc.

Customers can find out more about Direct Line for Business products or get a quote by calling 0345 301 4827 or visiting www.directlineforbusiness.co.uk

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Last Updated: 6 Oct 2016