Tradesmen in the north hit by householder credit crunch

Hope of householders spending money on home improvements rather than moving house were premature, according to a report today
Thousands of small building businesses and one-man-bands up and down the country had expected to cash-in on the crisis as property owners opted to make home-improvements rather than move house.

However, tradesmen in the North are taking the brunt of the economic downturn, according to job auction site deals with hundreds of requests daily from householders looking for skilled trades people to carry out building, repair or decoration work on their homes.

Over the past three months eGenie found more than half (57%) of the requests for work coming from the South of England against 28% coming from the North and Scotland.

“Demand for plumbers, electricians, builders and other trades people has fallen sharply in recent weeks in the north,” says Stefan Troester of eGenie. However, the opposite is true in the south, particularly London, as a quarter of all requests for building work and home improvement came from London.

Scotland and the North West of the UK both accounted for fewer than 9% of auctions for workers but the North East and East Midlands are faring worse with less than five per cent of job posts, 3.9% and 4.9% respectively.

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