We all know that Prime Minister David Cameron is no dab hand at DIY since he couldn't even fathom that a power cut in his home was caused by a tripped switch.
But he is not alone in that. Today many men – read today's Life cover story – will readily admit that even quite mundane tasks are beyond them.
Perhaps there is not enough emphasis on vocational skills in school.
Whatever the reason, it is all good news to the ears of tradesmen, who find themselves in great demand whenever electrical wiring, plumbing or even decorating is required.
And they certainly know how to put a good price on their skills – which oddly never seem to include time keeping.