Love rats should be on the look out after figures just out show that the number of new private investigators in the UK rose by 26% last year, with female detectives in particular seeing a whopping 86% increase.
The data released by Simply Business, the UK’s largest business insurance provider, suggests that aspiring sleuths are responding to increased demand from people looking to dig the dirt on cheating partners.
Michelle Mone, founder of Ultimo Bras, and Maria Shriver, former wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, are just two recent examples of wives using private eyes to catch their husbands in the act.
The figures, based on over 250,000 quote requests received by Simply Business, show that private detectives are particular prevalent in Northern Ireland, the East Midlands and South East England. Top towns include Salisbury, Coventry and Dorchester.
Interestingly, it is younger women between the ages of 25 and 34 that form the largest group of new female private investigators in the UK (43%), while male detectives tend to fall within the slightly older 45 to 54 category (33%).
Jason Stockwood of Simply Business commented: “At Simply Business we have a comprehensive view of the small business and start-up market as we quote thousands of new businesses a week. We can see what professions are growing in popularity and we were fascinated to see that there has been a marked increase in people wanting to become private detectives.
“With government figures showing divorces are on the rise, it seems more and more people are trying to get the upper hand through hiring a professional to spy on their partner. Our findings suggest people are taking advantage of this trend to set up as private eyes.”
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