Tradesmen offered more than tea and biscuits

Published:  15 February, 2011

ONLINE: More than one in ten British tradesmen has been sexually propositioned whilst on the job – a new survey has revealed.

But there’s no need to panic if your other half is a tradesmen – as most of them turn down any come-ons they get while doing their jobs.

The poll, run by, asked 1000 tradesmen if they had ever been offered a romantic encounter whilst at work, with 11% responding yes.

However their wives and girlfriends can relax as only 1 in ten of those propositioned had ever succumbed to temptation and accepted the offer to play away.

One plumber told the pollsters: “There’s been one or two ladies who’ve been rather too keen on my unblocking their pipes if you know what I mean. To be honest the ones who’ve made it obvious haven’t exactly been lookers. It hasn’t been difficult to resist that sort of temptation.”

The survey focused on tradesmen who regularly visit the homes of clients – including plumbers, builders, roofers, electricians, painters and decorators.

A spokesman from, who represent more than 2500 UK tradesmen, offered this advice to members: “There’s nothing particularly attractive about bricks or grout so if you’re getting longing looks maybe it isn’t your handiwork which is being admired. Once you start getting offered extra cups of tea and special biscuits you need to be careful as the customer might want more than just a quick home improvement.”

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