The most important thing in a home is to have good housekeeping, a new study has found.
Research from the National Association of Home Improvement Contractors found that the number of people that are expected to be housekeepers has fallen by 50 per cent in the past two decades.
The association said that while people in the workforce still tend to be over-qualified, the numbers have dropped.
It is the first time that such a drastic reduction in numbers has occurred in a two-decade period.
The report said housekeeping is no longer just an occupation but also a profession.
The number of housekeepers fell from 17.6 million in 1990 to 14.7 million in 2012.
That falls to 6.5 million in 2017, with only 2.3 million expected to stay in the profession.
The report said that the trend was not only in the workplace but in the home as well.
The study, called Home Management: The Key to a Professional Career, found that it is essential to keep housekeeping in the family, and that the role should be considered a full-time job.
It added that it was important that people are involved in the daily routine of their home, with an understanding of its functions, its layout, the way in which it is managed, and the needs of their children.
The researchers said that despite all these skills, there was a significant number of “notional” housekeepers, and said that many people did not realise they were not required to be professional.
A spokesperson for the association said: “Housekeeping is a demanding profession.
In an interview with RTE, Dr Paul Smith, head of the housekeeping programme at the Institute of Advanced Study, said that there was still a big gap in knowledge.”
Housekeepers must have good work ethics, and must be flexible and have the patience to be on the job all day.”
In an interview with RTE, Dr Paul Smith, head of the housekeeping programme at the Institute of Advanced Study, said that there was still a big gap in knowledge.
He said that, at the moment, there is no standardised standard for housekeeping.
“The job of a housekeeper is different for every person, it’s not about the skills or the training.
It’s about being flexible and able to work from home, and to be flexible in what you are required to do,” he said.
Smith added that housekeepers could also take on jobs like cleaning or cooking and were still expected to perform a “good” job.
However, he said that “if you don’t have the experience or knowledge to do those tasks properly, it doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t a housekeepers”.
He added that people who were skilled in a particular job were more likely to stay within their profession.
“If you’re a housekeeping person who has good knowledge of housekeeping but doesn’t have good experience, it means you are a housekeep.
That is a different thing altogether,” he added.
Dr Smith said that people with a certain amount of education should be able to do the job, but that people had to be able in general to “learn the skills”.
He said there was no standard for how many years someone should be expected to work in the house.
“I’m not sure if there is a minimum, I think there should be a minimum for the people that work in a house, it shouldn’t be that one person who is working for five years,” he told RTE.
The survey also found that, in 2016, there were about 6,000 fewer women than men in the work force, with the gender ratio for the workforce now equalising with the population.
The statistics also show that the proportion of women in the UK working in the hospitality sector has dropped from about 30 per cent to about 20 per cent, while in the construction industry, the number has increased from about 15 per cent of the workforce to about 21 per cent.
The organisation said the data indicated that the profession needed to be given the recognition that it deserved.
“For many people, the work of housekeeper has been an invisible, unremunerated, underpaid, under-performing, and under-recognised part of their day-to-day life.
This report helps us to create an awareness of the profession that is inclusive, responsive and can benefit the wider economy,” said the group’s chief executive, Catherine Kelly.