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The best area to live if you need a tradesperson revealed

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7th October 2016

The latest analysis and data from business insurer Direct Line for Business has revealed a plethora of trade talent in one area that is home to more tradespeople than any other region in the UK.

According to Direct Line for Business, if you want a tradesperson then the South East is your best bet.

However, when looking for a tradesperson London residents have the most choice.  London residents have the best tradespeople to household ratio, with one tradesperson for every 130.6 households.

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.

The analysis showed that 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)

Region

Number of tradespeople

Number of households per tradespeople

London

26,705

130.6

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 

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.”

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