Grow­ing de­mand for jobs

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

IT’S lit­er­ally the per­fect storm for Syd­ney back­yards — just as the weather is get­ting warmer and we are emerg­ing from in­door hi­ber­na­tion, the rain came down and turned our gar­dens into jun­gles.

But, in­stead of wrestling with the lawn­mower and du­elling with the hedge clip­pers, it seems we are turn­ing more to ex­perts to fix up the mess.

Aus­tralians are es­ti­mated to spend $7 bil­lion a year on pro­fes­sional gar­den­ing and land­scap­ing ser­vices.

Oc­to­ber is the boom month for these jobs, as fam­i­lies get their gar­dens ready for the warmer months.

So it’s not sur­pris­ing that tradie hir­ing plat­form hipages re­ported lawn mow­ing re­quests went up by 113 per cent last Oc­to­ber, while gar­den main­te­nance jobs went up by 36 per cent.

“Each year, we ex­pe­ri­ence a spike in re­quests for pro­fes­sional land­scap­ers and gar­den­ers at that time of the year, which can make it tricky for home­own­ers to find a pro­fes­sional avail­able,” said Stuart Tucker, chief cus­tomer of­fi­cer at hipages.

“This is when on-de­mand can help home­own­ers source and hire qual­ity gar­den­ers in their lo­cal area. By sim­ply post­ing a job for gar­den­ing and land­scap­ing on hipages, cus­tomers can get up to three quotes to com­pare of­fers and prices.

“Send­ing pho­tos of their back­yard through the app will en­sure the avail­able gar­den­ers pro­vide ac­cu­rate quotes, while check­ing their on­line rec­om­men­da­tions and pho­tos of their work on their on­line pro­file will bring peace of mind.”

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