• Decorating tops Brits’ list as the most hated chore
  • Time-poor millennials: 57% of 18 to 24 year-olds employ professionals to do up to ten jobs for them, per month
  • A delivery service to bring you supplies when you’re ill, is the job most in demand (42%)

Decorating is the most hated chore in Britain, according to new research by Make It Cheaper. A survey, carried out by the utilities saving experts, quizzed the nation to discover more about Brits’ attitudes towards employing someone to do jobs they could easily do themselves.
When it comes to the most hated jobs that Brits have to do regularly, decorating came out on top; over half of UK residents (51%) confess to having a disdain for painting, wallpapering and stripping walls.

The top five most hated chores in the UK are:

– Decorating (51%)

– Cleaning (47%)

– DIY (42%)

– Gardening (41%)

– Ironing (40%)

The research also found that time-poor Brits would be more likely to pay an expert to carry out everyday jobs, with well over one-third of the nation (39%) admitting to paying skilled professionals to carry out day to day chores for them every month. The cities most likely to pay for services to support their day-to-day chores are:

  • Belfast (50%)
  • Cardiff (48%)
  • Edinburgh (44%)
  • Liverpool (44%)
  • Birmingham (43%)

When it comes to the gender split, men are more likely to pay someone to wash their car than women – one in three men (32%) wish they could pay someone to clean their motor, while more than half of women(59%)would prefer to save their money and do it themselves.

Interestingly, the survey revealed that managing finances was one chore Brits won’t dish out, as only 8% of Brits say they would trust someone enough to manage their personal finances.

The results also revealed the most popular jobs that Brits wished existed, with services for hangover cures (24%) and waiting on hold (36%) amongst the most popular. Among some of the other interesting results, the survey found that Brits want to employ people to de-ice their cars in winter & help with kids’ homework.

Most popular services that Brits wish they could pay someone to do are:

  •         A delivery service to bring you supplies when you’re ill (41%)
  •         Waiting on hold (36%)
  •         Taking an unwanted item back to a shop (30%)
  •         Go present shopping (29%)
  •         Deliver a hangover cure (24%)

Polling over 1,000 UK residents, the research also found that there is a generation gap when it comes to attitudes towards carrying out chores, between Millennials and Baby Boomers.

This was especially prevalent when it comes to both generations’ approach to how they manage their finances. Almost a third of 18 – 34 year olds (30%) employ someone to manage their finances, whereas only one in ten (6%) 55 – 66+ year olds would put their trust in someone else enough to deal with their money.

Unsurprisingly the research found that 18 – 34 year olds are more likely to do physical chores such as DIY (84%) and decorating (60%) than those in the 65+ age bracket, with over 70% of pensioners willing to employ someone to decorate their home, and over half (56%) paying someone to complete DIY tasks.

When it comes to which services 18 – 24 year olds use in order to save time, 49% admitted to hiring professionals to carry out between one and ten jobs for them, monthly. This number drops dramatically for 55-65+ year-olds:  almost three quarters (74%) proudly confessed to not hiring anyone to do any jobs for them.

The most popular service that 18-24 year olds wished existed was a service for delivering a hangover cure (33%), whereas pensioners’ most in demand service they wish existed is ring up services and wait on hold.

Nick Heath, Head of Insights at Make it Cheaper, said: “It’s really interesting to see the kind of tasks that individuals prefer to complete individually, and which services they trust in the hands of others. Living in the digital age allows the nation access to a multitude of services instantaneously, helping us to claw back some precious time and trust our own decisions.”

To find out more about the research as well as the latest apps and services available to help you save time, please visit: https://www.makeitcheaper.com/blog/top-10-time-saving-apps-and-services.aspx


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