Ever wondered how long you’ve actually spent driving your van, or making tea on site? Well, the Federation of Master Builders spent some time asking around. And their findings are mind-blowing.

The figures revealed tradespeople from across the United Kingdom spent approximately:

  • Two years and nine months talking to clients
  • Two years and six months driving vans and at builders merchants
  • Two years and one month training or supervising junior colleagues or apprentices
  • One year and year and nine months eating lunch
  • 11 months trying to find a particular tool
  • Six months making tea

Federation of Master Builders chief executive Brian Berry said the findings put myths to bed.

““This new research dispels the myth that builders spend a big chunk of their time drinking tea,” he said.

“In reality, if builders are downing their tools for any reason, it’s so they can chat to their customers and ensure they have happy clients.

“In reality, if builders are downing their tools for any reason, it’s so they can chat to their customers and ensure they have happy clients.

“Of all the activities that might typically fill a builder’s working day, making tea trails at the bottom of the list.”

Berry said tradespeople deserved to be celebrated for their work.

“Excellent communication with clients is just one of the qualities that top class builders in the UK have,” he said.

Figures show how tradespeople spend working lives