Start with a full English, down a dozen cups of tea, then do a shoddy job, scoff a bacon butty and off to the pub. Sounds like your average day as a working tradesman, right?
No? We didn’t think so either. Yet despite being far from the truth, that’s still the idea many people have of those working in the industry.
The good news is that such stereotypes may well become a thing of the past thanks to the publication of new research which reveals that the average tradesman is more likely to be concerned with getting his five-a-day than demolishing a bacon sarnie.
Published this November, the report carried out Local Heroes revealed that, in an average week, tradesmen drink 16 cups of tea a week, eat just one bacon sandwich, and settle down to read a good book ten times.
Other figures reveal that the average tradesman:
- Visits the gym at least once a week
- Does the school run five times a week
- Cleans their van once a week
Yet whilst such statistics provide us with an interesting insight into the daily life of UK’s hard working contractors, the most revealing figures show that if there’s one thing the majority could change about their profession, it’s common misconceptions and outdated stereotypes held by the British public.
According to the report, one in every ten tradesmen interviewed said that the biggest misconception of all is that they’re sexist, with almost half saying the idea that all tradesmen are unreliable is their biggest bugbear.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Local Heroes director, Matt Moakes said that the findings highlight what he called “the true picture” of life as a working tradesman, adding that the results “confirm our view that tradespeople in Britain love their jobs, work hard and look after their health.”
The big question now, of course, is this:
Is it enough?
Are surveys like the recent Local Heroes research enough to help the industry shake off its old, outdated image as being populated by the unfit and terminally work-shy?
Are they enough to replace stereotypes of catcalling, fry-up devouring tradespeople with the more accurate representation of hardworking men and women who are more likely to spend time texting their partners and eating healthily, all whilst ensuring quality workmanship?
The jury may remain out on that one, but if anything, we like to think the recent report is a big step in the right direction.