Brits spending £1.3bn on domestic help

British households are spending an average of £49.50 every month for someone else to carry out domestic chores, according to recent research con…

British households are spending an average of £49.50 every month for someone else to carry out domestic chores, according to recent research conducted by Gocompare.com. 

Window cleaning was the most common chore that Brits are paying someone else to do, with 22 per cent of respondents having hired a window cleaner within the last 12 months. 15 per cent of respondents stated that they've paid someone else to clean their car, and 14 per cent have paid for their groceries to be delivered. 

A smaller proportion of people pay for tasks such as house cleaning, laundry, ironing and cooking. 76 per cent of people, however, said that they didn't have enough time to complete all of their household tasks and do everything else that they'd like to do.

In addition, the survey then asked respondents about the activities they'd like to do, but don't feel they have time for. Hobbies was the most popular choice, with 34 per cent wishing to spend more time on these. 32 per cent of respondents wanted more time to relax, and 28 per cent felt they didn't have enough time to see friends and relatives.

When asked why they didn't feel they had enough time for these activities, 35 per cent stated they simply don't know where the time goes. 25 per cent of respondents stated that they're too busy looking after their family and their home, while 22 per cent are having to work long hours to afford to live.

With debt or a lack of retirement funds a problem for many households, domestic help is an area where cutbacks could be made to spending. 

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