Enjoy free UK travel & spending time with pets by becoming a homesitter
Posted on: 25 July 2019 by Alan Irvine
New research found only 28% of workers in the UK want to give up work completely when they reach state pension age.
New research from pensions and investment firm Aegon[i] found only 28% of workers in the UK want to give up work completely when they reach state pension age – the lowest proportion in Europe.
The motivation for continuing to work was that 55% felt working longer would keep them active and their brain alert, while 37% said they enjoyed their work, the survey of 16,000 people across 15 countries found.
We've found that older people who choose to continue working after state pension age often opt to become homesitters – a role that involves looking after people’s homes and pets when they go away.
We recently conducted research and found that the top reasons people chose to become a homesitter are that it enables them to explore different parts of the UK, spend time with pets and get away from their usual routine. Couples also say they enjoy the role as it allows them to spend quality time together.
Travelling around the UK and staying in people’s homes is one of the biggest attractions as it’s a little bit like getting a free holiday every time they are on assignment. Homesitters also enjoy looking after people’s pets, especially dogs as this keeps them active as they go out on lots of walks.
The role is flexible and can fit around other commitments such as looking after grandchildren, plus homesitters are able to supplement their pension as they earn a remuneration. We have an extensive network of homesitters throughout the UK and are always looking for new recruits to join us.
One of the benefits of working through Homesitters is that all its homesitters are employed by the company. They are also provided with a 24/7 back up support service whilst on assignment and comprehensive insurance.
The majority of homesitters love the role which is why 21% have been working for the company for over 10 years. One of these is Londoner, Peter Green, in his early 70s, who has been home sitting for over 10 years since retiring from a job in retail.
Peter enjoys the responsibility of home sitting, but above all, loves looking after dogs, because dog walking is a great way for him to keep fit and enjoy fresh air. Having the opportunity to visit new places is another highlight of the job.
Peter says, “There is never a dull moment and I enjoy every minute. This job takes you everywhere. I often get to visit somewhere new. I am interested in historical places and find all sorts of interesting places to visit - particularly through my National Trust membership.”
The majority of Peter’s clients are in London where he has lived all his life. He often sits in properties in Kensington or Knightsbridge – from large, grand houses set over four floors to small flats overlooking Hyde Park and this variety appeals to him.
Peter concludes, “One of the advantages of the job is the flexibility. I can pick and choose when I work and how much I take on, fitting around spending time with family and friends. I think the ideal homesitter needs to love animals, come with an open mind and be confident. However, once you have done one assignment, it all comes quite naturally.”
For more information about how to become a homesitter visit www.homesitters.co.uk