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Complainant Name:
Mr Joseph Pestell

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Express


Mr Joseph Pestell of the Institute of Home Inspection complained that an article was misleading in stating that there were many opportunities for employment within the Home and Energy Assessment industry. In fact, this was far from the case.


The matter was resolved directly when the newspaper, which had been contacted soon after publication by the complainant, published the following correction under the headline "Energy Assessors & Home Inspectors":

We wish to clarify information given in our October 15 "expresscareers" article headed "Assess your options".

The Institute of Home Inspection (IHI) and the Institute of Energy Assessors (IDEA) point out that the article incorrectly implies that there remain many opportunities within the industry for new entrants. The government states that 3,000 Energy Assessors are required for a normal housing market. There are already more than 13,000. The situation is broadly similar in the commercial sector, which is oversubscribed by a factor of 5. Numerous businesses in the sector, particularly HIP providers, have already failed. Further, HIP stands for Home Information Pack and not Home Improvement Pack as the article incorrectly stated.

When considering a career as an energy assessor or home inspector regard should be had to the current and future demand in an already oversubscribed profession.

Report: 80

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