Two thirds of British builders are happy to call themselves a feminist

Nearly two thirds of British builders are happy to call themselves a “feminist”, according to a new study.

Forget wolf-whistling and catcalling, as many as 62 percent of tradesmen said they would happily call themselves a feminist, while more than half would call out a colleague who they felt was being sexist.

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A new survey has revealed that builders typically associate themselves with feminism[/caption]

In fact the nationwide study of over 2,000 British tradesmen by MyBuilder.com, found 76 percent believe wolf-whistling is old-fashioned and out of date.

And as many as 51 percent claim they have recently urged a catcalling or wolf-whistling colleague to stop, because they deemed it offensive.

And in a profession where an estimated 99 percent of workers are men, more diversity would be welcomed by most, with as many as nine in ten of those polled, saying they would like to see more women working in the industry.

Nailing old stereotypes further, nearly a third said they resented the term “white van man”, as it evokes a stereotype image which is no longer a reality.

The study also found as many as 89 percent say that they’re stressed out by their jobs and 53 percent believe that mental health is an issue in building and the trades and that it should be talked about.

The building profession is changing and it’s great to see some of the old stereotypes being challenged

Ryan Notz

But despite the stresses and strains of the job, British builders are a big-hearted bunch, with 94 percent saying they’ve done a discount job for someone who didn’t have enough money to pay them full whack.

This could be partly the reason why 83 percent don’t believe they have enough money to have a comfortable retirement and 54 percent say that their biggest source of stress is money worries.

When it comes to down time, family time emerged as the preferred way to relax for 63 percent, followed by watching TV, sport and going to the pub.

55 percent said they’d rather have an evening meal with their wife than a night down the pub and 17 percent said that they’d rather go to the GYM than the boozer.

Politically, the trades are Leave, Remain, with the rest undecided or unwilling to state a preference.

Over a quarter, 28 percent, believe Brexit will be good for business, 22 percent think it will be bad and 47 percent think it will have no effect at all.

British builders are more likely to vote Tory than Labour but 20 percent are undecided.
“Like many aspects of working life, the building profession is changing and it’s great to see some of the old stereotypes being challenged,” said Ryan Notz from MyBuilder.

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The statistics show that feminists actually have the backing of British builders[/caption]



 

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