According to new research, most tradespeople end up wasting more than half an hour a day looking for their tools in their van.
The research, conducted by storage solution provider Filplastic, also found that 56% of tradespeople would rather take on extra work than waste this amount of time searching for their tools. 27% of construction workers also responded that they would rather finish work early than spend time searching for their tools.
When looking at the results more in depth, a tiny 5% of tradespeople wasted no time at all looking for their tools. Alongside this, only 6% of construction workers wasted under five minutes and 11% wasted up to 15 minutes. 17% though spent up to half an hour looking for their tools.
These numbers soon began to spike though with a whopping 55% of workers admitting that they wasted between half an hour and an hour every day searching for their tools. 6% even spent over an hour trying to find them!
So how much extra money could a tradesman earn if he had a tidy van?
Well, according to the Office for National Statistics, a skilled tradesman earns, on average, £498 a week. Therefore, with the average working week being 38 hours, construction workers could earn between £32 to £65 extra each week. That is, of course, if they didn’t waste thirty minutes to an hour each day looking for their tools.
In a year, this adds up to between £1,572 to £3,145 extra!
Contrary to these results though, alternative research has indicated that tradesmen are ditching the stereotype of having a messy van. Instead, it was found that nine in ten workers keep their vans clean and tidy. Take a look at what other stereotypes are being ditched here.
Managing Director at Filplastic stated: “There’s a lot of different tools, fixtures and fittings that tradespeople must store in their vans for every eventuality, but keeping everything tidy is difficult when you’re driving around or rummaging for the item you specifically require.”
“Probably the funniest request I’ve heard from a plumber was that they wanted an automatic tool finder for their van, using the same principle as automated robotic parking in places such as Japan, where space is at a premium.”
So what do you think? How tidy is your van? How much time do you spend searching for your tools each day? Let us know in the comments below.