Every house, old or new, will have their own share of repair issues. When the sink and drains are clogged, when the water pipes are dripping, when the light bulbs flicker, when the floors are creaking — you may think you can deal with these simple problems on your own, but these may be harder to fix than you think. Instead of spending your time on trying to figure out what to do with the broken pipes, or spend money on tools that you may only use once, you may call a handyman instead! Having a skilled worker who can take care of all the maintenance duties and repair tasks for your home would be a godsend.
There are a lot of reasons why you might consider hiring a handyman or a handyperson. When you have a busy schedule, it is hard to fix the home repairs that you need to do in your free time. That time is usually spent with family, playing with your children, and having a little bit of “me time” to relieve yourself off the stress from the whole week’s work. Having a handyman to do the home repairs for you would be a great help.
When you decide to hire a handyman, there might be a few questions that will pop up into your mind — What is their salary range? How much does it cost to hire a handyman? How would I go with the hiring process? Do I want the handyman to work full time or part time? These might be some of the questions that are lingering in your mind right now and it is important to be clear of what you are looking for from the first stage. These may all seem tricky and confusing, which is why most families decide to find their handyman through an agency.
Why use an agency to find a Handyman?
Some of you might wonder why you should hire a Handyman through an agency when you can conduct your own search. It is indeed true that you will get a wider selection of candidates if you do the handyman search on your own by posting some advertisements on job sites, but this also accompanies some disappointments. Browsing through all the applications is not an easy task, it will take too much of your time and, most often than not, the candidates who applied do not have the necessary qualifications that you need in a handyman. Some might say they can do the job but end up letting you down. This will only add to the worry and stress of the hiring process, which is why you can leave this task to the agencies. They can find the best handyman that complements your needs and qualifications!
Little Ones agency had been in the domestic service industry for over 15 glorious years. We only put forward candidates that had been thoroughly checked. We make sure that the candidates that we send to you for an interview have all undergone our strict vetting procedure which we have painstakingly developed over the years to ensure that we cover every aspect. We do an intensive interview with the candidates including a thorough discussion of their work and personal experience as well as their values and principles. We ensure that their personalities and work ethics complement yours and we also make sure that they have the necessary skills and expertise.
Little Ones agency makes sure that all the candidates that we send to our clients have the following:
More than 2 years of experience
At least 2 references from previous employment
Our experienced consultants will also make sure that the candidates are interested in the role and the salary package that you are willing to offer.
How much is the cost for hiring a Handyman?
One of the first things to take into consideration when finding a handyman or handyperson is the cost for hiring them. You first need to decide if you are looking for someone who can work on a temporary basis or in a permanent capacity.
If you are looking for a temporary handyman, Little Ones will charge you £30 per day as commission, after this you will need to directly pay the handyman with their hourly salary, which is around £10 to £12 per hour.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for a handyman who will work on a permanent basis, the registration fee will be £69. After registration, our consultants will be sending you a list of qualified candidates who are best suited for the position you are offering. They will also arrange interviews and guide you all throughout the hiring process. Our experienced consultants will also help you in preparing and finalising paperwork including the contract offer to the candidate once you find someone you would like to hire. To calculate the commission fee that the client needs to pay the agency, the consultant will take 15% to 18% of the candidate’s annual net salary.
For example, if you decided to pay your handyman a net salary of £450 per week, you will need to multiply this by 52 (total number of weeks per year), and get 16% of this to obtain the cost of the agency fee.
£450 x 52 = £23,400 x 16% = £3,744 (+ VAT)
We have a team of skilled and professional handymen in our books and they will provide high-quality service to you and your family.
What are the different handyman job types your agency is offering to families?
Here at Little Ones, we have different job types for handyman. This way the families can have more options when looking for the perfect handyman for their home repairs and maintenance.
A handyman may work on a temporary basis or a permanent basis. Temporary roles could just be for one urgent day to a role for up to 6 months, whilst permanent roles are for a year or more.
What are the salary ranges of a handyman?
There are a number of things that contribute to the salary range and overall job package for a handyman. The market rate for a handyman is dependent, as with any industry, on a number of variables. In the United Kingdom, the demand is higher for a skilled and experienced candidate and this outranks the demand for availability. And for this reason, an experienced and professional handyman may request a salary as high as £20 per hour.
A handyman performs a variety of maintenance and repair jobs and their salaries often depend on a number of variables, including skills, experience, location, working hours, degree of flexibility and the duties and responsibilities given to them.
Skills and Experience - a candidate with a higher level of experience or has the necessary professional skills may request a higher salary.
Location - London has a higher demand for skilled handyman, and rural areas as well as overseas locations like the Middle East, Russia and South America provide higher salaries for handymen.
Working hours and degree of flexibility - if the handyman position entails a part-time role only and requires a great deal of flexibility, the handyman may ask for a higher salary.
Duties and responsibilities - the duties that are given to them also affect the range of salary that they are expecting. Someone who will re-tile your kitchen floor may request a higher salary than someone who will change your flickering light bulb.
Below is a guideline of the market rates based on the expected salary range of handymen with between 1 to 20 years of experience. Please note that these salaries are highly dependent on the variables mentioned above as well as the employer’s specific requirements.
The market rate for a part-time handyman who works for 2 to 4 days a week or less than 40 hours per week ranges from £11 to £13 per hour, depending on the experience that they have. Their duties may include lightning repairs and repairing fences, cabinet refacing, plumbing repairs, shelving, gutter cleaning and repair, sound proofing, drywall repair, etc.
A full-time handyman typically works for around 50 to 60 hours weekly, 5 to 6 days per week. The market rate ranges an average of £10 to £12 per hour or £450 to £700 per week, depending on their experience. They are responsible for repair and maintenance work such as installation, cleaning and repair of drywall, ceiling repair, painting walls or painting removal, general maintenance heating system tune-up and other duties that may require maintenance or remodelling such as the bathrooms and kitchens. They may also regularly perform various landscaping tasks.
A temporary handyman is extremely flexible with their schedule. They may work anywhere from 2 to 12 hours per day for as many days as you may require. They charge around £15 to £20 per hour, depending on the experience and qualifications that they have. They may be tasked to do duties such as lightning installation repairs and repairing fences, cabinet refacing, plumbing repairs, water pipes fixing, shelving, gutter repairs,
Your Little Ones consultants are also able to advise the salary expectations for your individual cases.
What are the duties of a Handyman?
A handyman or a handyperson is skilled in a wide range of repair jobs, typically around the home or commercial locations. Though all handymen are able to do various tasks, still, every handyman has his or her own abilities and capabilities. Some specialise in a certain field like plumbing or electric wire installation, while others can do various tasks from fixing the light bulb to repairing drywall and other maintenance work.
Some of the duties a handyman can do:
Repairing plumbing and electrical systems
Conducting assessments to check the performance of appliances, such as stoves, ovens, refrigerators, etc.
Painting walls and filling crevices
Cleaning the facilities and managing maintenance repairs
Performing repairs on appliances and equipment when needed
Identifying, documenting and reporting maintenance and repair works
Installing light bulbs and carpeting
Suggesting additional repairs when identified
Providing support and guidance on maintaining the equipment
Doing minor HVAC repairs
Repairing tile in the bathroom or kitchen
Doing plumbing repairs
Clean facilities regularly
Regularly perform maintenance jobs and light repairs
Regularly perform various landscaping tasks
What are the vetting and screening processes of your agency?
The procedures for vetting a candidate varies depending on the agency you use. Little Ones agency ensures that the families’ needs are at the forefront of everything we do, which is why we came up with our own thorough vetting and screening process for every single candidate in our books. This includes a face to face interview with each individual candidate, including a thorough assessment of their personal and professional history. Our Little Ones consultants will also take verbal reference checks from the candidate’s previous employment, following an intensive reference process. Little Ones also requires all candidates to have an up-to-date police check. You can rest assured that all of the handymen on our books have been interviewed rigorously before they even get to the hiring stage. We aim to work with families to make the selection process as stress-free as possible.
Finding a Handyman
Our consultants believe that you should feel supported from the very first point of contact and we will not stop once you have found your handyman who perfectly complements your needs. Our consultants are always on hand to assist at any point during your search and even after you have found the handyman for you.
With Little Ones’ excellence and commitment to domestic staff placements, the team pride themselves on being able to delicately align a premium, luxury service to those who put their trust in them. For a no obligation consultation regarding our handyman or handyperson and the most suitable option for your family, or to view a comprehensive list of handymen we have, please contact Little Ones Agency on 0207 183 0309 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.