Apparently, tradesmen in the UK have ditched the wolf whistling and instead, have taken to enjoying coffee, salads and listening to Radio 2.

According to a recent poll, there has been a shift in attitudes with workers claiming that wolf whistling is simply ‘unacceptable’. Specifically, almost half of workers admitted that they found it insulting to women. And consequently, no longer do it. This would have been key for two tradespeople who catcalled a woman out of the van window. This massively backfired when their boss found out and promptly fired one of the roofers. Take a look at the full report here.

That’s not the only shift in attitude either. According to the poll, it was also found that builder’s tea is also on the way out. Instead, many workers now enjoy drinking coffees such as skinny Lattes instead. One in twenty builders even opted for green tea instead of a builder’s brew. And 37% ditch the hot drinks altogether, having a mineral water instead.

Another thing that construction workers found to be an outdated stereotype was that they started the day with a full English breakfast. Specifically, four in ten found this to be outdated with two-thirds of workers claiming to be on diets and enjoying healthy lunches instead.

Messy vans are a thing of the past as well apparently. According to the poll, nine in ten workers keep their vans clean and tidy. Workers also felt it was unfair for people to presume that tradespeople down tools early on a Friday and go to the pub. Instead, the poll proved the opposite with 71% claiming that when they get home, they get straight to answering emails and sorting paperwork.

A spokesperson for HSS Hire, who conducted the poll, stated: “Like many industries, things have changed in the construction world – it’s a highly competitive field and many tradesmen, especially if they are self-employed, have to be at the top of their game.”

“Things like a tatty van and being late can really put off customers.”

A shift in attitude seems positive for the industry too. Further research suggests that the stereotypes are what is holding back the industry. Take a look at the full report here.

So what do you think of this? Do you agree? Are these stereotypes outdated? Let us know in the comments below.


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