British builders “require five tea breaks a day to achieve maximum productivity”

British construction workers spend an average of 130 hours annually on tea breaks, 20 more than the average British worker, according to a survey by internet retailer Appliances Direct.

This does not affect the quality or quantity of their work, however, as 82% of builders believe that regular tea breaks aid their productivity. To achieve the greatest productivity boost, they should happen five times a day, not counting lunches, with each lasting about six minutes.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at, said: "The data revealed some interesting findings about the nation’s workplace habits, especially the construction industry, and it’s great to see so many Britons are taking regular breaks throughout the day to grab a drink.     

"Whether you work at a desk, in a shop, factory, or on a building site, getting away from your workstation for a few minutes at regular intervals is likely to aid productivity as it allows you time to stretch your legs and gather your thoughts before heading back to it.     

"It is especially beneficial for those who are working in such a physically demanding job as it allows them time to relax, laugh and catch-up on some well deserved rest."

Those who work in professional services spend the most time on tea breaks annually, racking up 141 hours compared with those who work in healthcare, who spend 23.5 hours a year on tea breaks.

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  1. Wish someone from Cross Rail would read this. One break a day on a job 8 floors underground (With no lifts.) I hear CR2 will be run by North Koreans, as the present regime is too soft on the workers…..Gawd ‘elp us!!

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