Business is looking up for the UK tradespeople as Britons increasingly down tools and turn to the professionals to carry out work on their home improvement projects, according to research from

The study claims hectic lifestyles and lack of basic DIY skills are to blame for homeowners’ general lack of enthusiasm for DIY, and tradesmen are simultaneously reporting a rise in work.

Over 10,000 people working across a range of trades revealed that business is on the up for most UK trade professionals, with 93% saying business is positive, and 16% claiming business is ‘booming’. Only 7% of tradespeople said that they are struggling at the moment.

The increase in work is said to be linked to homeowners preferring to get a professional in for maintenance jobs around the house, rather than doing it themselves.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said: “While it’s a shame that the nation has fallen out of love with DIY, it’s positive news for the industry as tradesmen are reporting an increase in work.

“Hiring a professionally qualified tradesman can be extremely beneficial as not only are they guaranteed to do the job properly, they can ultimately save homeowners’ time and money in the long run.”