A Simply Business survey has revealed what tradesmen enjoy most about working on site - and ‘having a laugh’ came up trumps.
The survey has been answered by over 1,700 people so far, and 54 per cent said that the likes of workmate banter and pulling pranks on apprentices were what they most enjoyed about being a tradesman.
Money and other factors are less important than having a laugh
Lagging at a distant second was the opportunity to be your own boss - less than a quarter of responders rated it the best part of being a tradesman.
This could perhaps be down to the realities that come with being self-employed. Having to sort tradesman insurance, organise tax returns and deal with HMRC can be a pain.
Even fewer (16 per cent) said that the amount they get paid was the best part, which may come as a surprise given that many tradesmen’s wages have soared amid the skills shortage in the UK.
Working outside in summer came in last place, with just nine per cent of those surveyed voting it the best part of their job.
Some respondents commented that while the weather is nice, the safety gear required put a dampener on things, while others said that working in summer is actually a bad part of the job as it can get too hot.
Pranking apprentices is a perennial favourite
And it seems a big part of having a laugh at work is playing pranks on the apprentice - something every tradesmen can relate to.
And those who commented on the article pulled no punches, revealing all about the pranks they’ve played or had played on them.
Among the favourites were sending apprentices to collect or search for nonexistent items such as skirting board ladders and long weights (har har).
Want to have your say in the vote? You can check out the original poll within the article here.
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