Tradespeople up in arms over booming Jack-of-all-trades phenomenon
Czech tradespeople are up in arms over the increasing rivalry that plumbers, painters and electricians are getting from unqualified jacks-of- all trades who make a living by helping out with whatever needs to be done around the house. The “hodinový manžel” - or husband for an hour, as they are called in Czech –has become a new phenomenon in the Czech economy and hundreds of men have turned it into a profitable business.
“I do house painting, masonry work, electrician jobs –that’s my profession, I can install flooring or fix a broken shelf, I do whatever people need done around the house.”
“It is as if you went to the dentist and he said he was too busy to attend to you, but the nurse offered to fix your teeth instead.”
The association’s demand is well-timed. The Trade Ministry is currently working on a draft amendment of the law on self-employed and Minister Mládek has promised to take its concerns into account.
The respective amendment to the law should be put to the lower house in the autumn and any changes made would take effect in 2017.