Plumbing is the UK’s most admired household skill, according to new research

Study findings

New research from Aspect has revealed that plumbing is the UK’s most admired household skill. We conducted a nationally representative poll of 2,000 UK adults to find out how they perceived a range of household skills, from handyman skills to painting and decorating.

Study participants ranked those household skills from 0 to 10 in terms of how useful they believed those skills to be. Aspect’s study team then sorted those rankings by ‘overall usefulness’, which was the average score given by all participants. They then split the rankings by which skill received the highest share of 10 out of 10 rankings, to designate an ‘impressiveness’ score. These are the skills people admired the most.

Top five most impressive skills

  • Fixing a plumbing leak
  • Assembling flat-pack furniture
  • Putting up a shelf
  • Installing a washing machine
  • Changing a lock

Plumbing skills overview

37% of all respondents gave fixing a leak a 10/10 impressiveness score – the highest score of all skills – and 27% gave installing a washing machine the same rank. Over-55s were most likely to have positive perceptions of household plumbing skills. Of the over-55 cohort, almost half (46%) gave fixing a leak the top score for impressiveness and 33% gave installing a washing machine top marks for impressiveness.

Women participating in the study were significantly more likely (33% more likely) than men to be impressed by the ability to fix a leak. 42% of women gave fixing a leak the top score for impressiveness and 32% of men did the same. And they are 20% more likely than men to rate the ability to install a washing machine 10/10 for impressiveness.

About the study

OnePoll surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,000 UK adults on behalf of Aspect, between 25/06/2019 and 28/06/2019. OnePoll are members of the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research and employ members of the Marketing Research Society.