UK’s builders revealed as multi-talented counsellors and child minders

Published:  04 January, 2018

Citizens Advice may be out of a job soon as results from a recent survey reveal that the nation’s builders are shovelling out advice on everything from parenting to finance.

A recent survey, conducted by family-owned builders merchants Chandlers Building Supplies, among builders in the UK has revealed that 95% have been asked for advice or help, during the course of a homeowners building project, that is completely unrelated to their trade.

The survey showed that 25% of builders have helped a homeowner through a personal crisis, while 1 in 4 builders say they are regularly asked for financial advice by their customers. 80% have advised on home furnishing choices and almost one fifth have even been asked to assist with completing school homework and childcare.

“What a typical builder’s day entails seems more far reaching than initially envisaged”, said Sue McKinney of Chandlers Building Suppliers. “While a refurbishment or renovation project is being completed, builders often find themselves consumed into the customer’s family life, so in many ways it is not surprising how involved some builders can become in their customers day to day lives.”

This level of variety might explain why more than 80% of respondents said they ‘loved their job’ and close to 90% of builders would still choose to go into the building trade if they had their time over again.

Chandlers Building Supplies conducted the survey in association with London’s newest radio station for builders, FIX FM and also found that over half (55%) of builders said they have another job as well as being a builder, with nearly a quarter working as fireman or sports coach/trainer.

For more than half of builders (54%), stress levels peak around ‘chasing payments and getting paid’ with ‘the weather’ (47%), ‘ordering / waiting for materials’ (45%), ‘vat and tax returns’ (44%) and ‘managing apprentices’ (42%) taking a close second, third, fourth and fifth place. When asked what the most enjoyable aspect of their job was, 86% said ‘pride from a great job’ while 81% said ‘on site banter’.

Sue McKinney of Chandlers Building Supplies said: “Research suggests that those who are happy and healthy are more productive and enjoy a better quality of life. Reducing stress levels among builders is an important mission for Chandler Building Supplies. Early this year we ran ‘Yoga with Your Boots On’ to help alleviate stress and increase levels of well-being among builders. We are also very mindful of the need for quick ordering and efficient delivery so builders don’t have to hold up a job by waiting on materials – which we appreciate can be very stressful.”

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