The South East is home to more tradespeople than any other region in the UK, according to new research.

Just over 27,500 tradespeople work across the region, according to the study from Direct Line for Business, with each tradesperson servicing 137.5 households. This compares to the north east of England, which has one tradesperson for every 305 households.

Other areas with high numbers of tradespeople per household include the east of England, which has 19,870 tradespeople (one for every 130.9 households), and London, which has one tradesperson per 130.6 households.

In contrast, Scotland only has an estimated 3,935 tradespeople, or one per 285.8 households, while Wales has one per 224 households.

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.