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The average builder in the South West is called Tony and loves Jaffa Cakes, according to a new study

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

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THE average builder in the South West earns £26,000, is called Tony – and loves either a chocolate digestive biscuit or a Jaffa Cake.

A new study of 500 builders, which sought to profile the daily lives of Britain’s handiest men, showed that South West builders, on average, have been married for 10 years and drive 8,840 miles a year.

They have at least five projects currently on the go and consume seven hot drinks every day – normally coffee with just one sugar.

The research, which was commissioned by door manufacturers Origin, found the average builder in the South West clocks up 170 miles a week on average.

The research sought to praise the efforts of Britain’s tradesmen and identify their stresses and strains - when asked about the most stressful aspects of their working lives they were most likely to cite British weather (23%).

Dealing with finances (23%) and planning issues (16%) were also common grumbles, as they juggle multiple projects, unreliable staff, and tight deadlines.

It was also found that 51% of builders in the South West would prefer to buy British products.

Andrew Halsall, managing director at Origin, said: “We all know that no two builders are the same, but wanted to show just how hard they work and the pressure they are under.

“On top of the early starts, many are on their feet for over 10 hours a day carrying out physical activity, worrying about finances, employee retention and customer satisfaction, as well as keeping up with the latest building regulations, energy-efficient solutions and sustainable technologies.”

The study found the average builder in the South West wakes up by 6.42am and is out of the door by 7.35am on a week day.

The tradesman, most commonly named Tony, followed by Andy and Paul, get through their days while listening to Radio 2 – which emerged as the station of choice for Britain’s tradesmen.

Clocking off time kicks in by 5.19pm and all being well most said they’re able to put their feet up by 7.00pm.

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