The North East is the most skilled at DIY in Britain

When faced with doing simple handiwork around the house, the North East of England is the best skilled region in Britain.

Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 12:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 1:02 pm
The North East of England is the most competent at DIY, with 49 per cent of men and women able to complete a range of simple household tasks successfully

Tasks like changing a lightbulb, assembling furniture and replacing a fuse prove to be a doddle for this region of the country, with Brits in this area revealed to be the most confident and proficient when it comes to DIY.

The handiest region in Britain

1 in 3 people aged between 18 and 25 are unable to change a lightbulb

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According to new research by GoCompare, men and women in the North East are the most competent at DIY in Great Britain, with 49 per cent completing a range of simple household tasks successfully.

The South West and North West followed closely behind, with 48 per cent of people able to tackle a range of DIY with success, while Londoners proved to be the least proficient in the handiwork skills.

The handiest regions in Britain ranked:

North East

Men rate their DIY skills higher than women, according to new research from GoCompare

South West

North West



Northern Ireland


Yorkshire & Humberside


East Midlands

West Midlands


What DIY tasks are the North East good at?

Men and women in the North East proved to be the most confident when it comes to tackling DIY, with more than 67 per cent able to undertake the following tasks without issue:

- Changing a light bulb - 87 per cent

- Painting a room - 85 per cent

- Putting up pictures -80 per cent

- Putting up curtains - 77 per cent

- Replacing a fuse - 76 per cent

- Assembling furniture - 74 per cent

- Filling holes or cracks in plaster - 73 per cent

- Changing a plug - 70 per cent

- Unclogging a blocked sink or drain - 70 per cent

- Bleeding a radiator - 68 per cent

Men, meanwhile, were found to rate their own DIY skills higher than women, with 38 per cent of men nationwide stating they were 'good' or 'very good', compared to just 25 per cent of women.

Only a mere 17 per cent admitted to being 'bad' or 'very bad' at DIY, while 23 per cent of women doubted their handiwork skills.

Generation Z are the worst at DIY

Generation Z (those born between mid-1990s and mid-2000s) were revelead to be the worst at generally handiwork tasks, with 1 in 3 of those aged between 18 and 25 being unable to change a lightbulb.

The older generation were found to be much more competent at undertaking a range of simple DIY, with 98 per cent of those aged 55 and above successfully able to change a lightbulb.

The lacking in skills among those of a younger age group could be attributed to the current era of flatpack furniture, which is designed to make handiwork easier.

But despite this, some three per cent of Brits admit they don't own any tools for DIY at all.