We want plumbers or doctors to live next door, not politicians

By: | Published: June 10, 2015 5:03 PM

A new survey has revealed that that people would rather have a plumber, electrician or doctor as a neighbor than politicians or footballers.

A new survey has revealed that that people would rather have a plumber, electrician or doctor as a neighbor than politicians or footballers.

The survey of 2,000 adults found that skilled workers were the most valued neighbours, rather than professionals such as lawyers or musicians, the Mirror reported.

Education charity the Edge Foundation said its study found that people often call on a neighbour for practical help if a boiler or car breaks down, while few think of asking someone for legal or medical advice.

The 10 most valued professions were said to include plumber, electrician, doctor, builder and mechanic, while the least valued included actor, politician and psychologist.

Dave Harbourne, acting chief executive of the Edge Foundation, said that over a third of people cite helpfulness as the most important quality in their neighbours, adding that the research shows that it is the technical, practical and vocational skills that really add value to communities.

The report was published to mark VQ Day, which highlights vocational qualifications.

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