Identikit builder revealed

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The average builder in the south west earns £26k, is called Tony – and loves either a chocolate digestive biscuit or a Jaffa Cake.

A study of 500 builders sought to profile the daily lives of Britain’s handiest men, with results showing that south west builders, on average, have been married for ten 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 the one sugar.

The research – commissioned by door manufacturer, Origin – found the average builder in the region 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%).

The study also 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.

For lunch, sandwiches as part of a packed lunch is still the overwhelming meal of choice – with a BLT or chicken and bacon the likely fillers.

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 7pm.