Friday, 19th April 2019


A large majority of the job roles within the maintenance and utilities industry are dominated by freelancers or small independent companies. Particularly in home maintenance and utilities installation and repair areas, fully-trained and skilled professionals can end up working independently or for a small locally-run business.

Independent companies in this industry are usually small in size, employing 10 or less people and can specialise in the following areas:

  • Plumbing – 90% of plumbing businesses employ 10 or less people, one of the largest amounts in the whole industry
  • Electrics – electricians may become self-employed or run their own businesses also dealing with domestic appliances
  • Domestic Appliance Servicing – a large number of the workforce become self-employed at some point
  • Gardening - 44% of the gardening and landscaping workforce are self‐employed
  • Home Improvements – including painters, decorators, roofers, plasterers, window fitters and so on
  • Cleaning services – around 86% of cleaning businesses employ 10 or less people

Most of the professions above will still require full-training and relevant industry qualifications, even if working on a freelance basis. In order to work freelance, it is likely that employment will have to be found first, through an apprenticeship or otherwise. Certain industries, such as electrics and plumbing, will expect self-employed professionals to register with an industry board – becoming fully certified.