COASTAL towns and cities have the manliest men, a new survey has revealed.
North East seaside communities such as Sunderland, South Shields and Hartlepool are home to the highest proportion of people with “extremely manly” jobs, according to a poll of 1,000 adults.
The survey found the marine industry, with its high danger levels, harsh weather and solitude, was viewed as the manliest industry with 92 per cent ranking it as either “very manly” or “extremely manly.”
Engineering was perceived to be the manliest job, with 88 per cent of respondents rating it as either “very manly” or “extremely manly.”
Top 10 manliest jobs
2) Infantry soldier
4) Motor mechanic
7) Private security
8) Arboriculturist (tree surgeon/lumberjack)
10) Intelligence analyst
People who work outside and in uniform are most likely to be seen as very manly, with marine engineers considered to be the manliest of all among their peers.
The research, conducted by workwear manufacturer Stormline, found that over half of the most manly jobs were outdoor-based, while over two thirds (70 per cent) were predominantly or entirely manual roles, including blacksmiths, mechanics, chefs and butchers. Intelligence analysts were the only office-based professionals in the top ten.
When asked to rank the quality that most made a profession seem manly, over a third selected problem solving.
Men were more likely than women to view harsh working conditions as a sign of a manly job, while women were more likely to view uniform and specialist workwear as a marker of manliness.
Regan McMillan, spokesman for Stormline, who conducted the research, said: “Most of our customers who work in the marine and fishing industry are men and it’s fair to say the majority fit the stereotype of manliness.
“Marine work is harsh, lonely and dangerous, so you do need a degree of toughness to do it for a long time, but I’ve met plenty of women who fit the bill too, despite stereotypes suggesting it’s a man’s game.
“Any job that puts you at the mercy of the elements requires a degree of toughness and that can often translate to ‘manliness’ in people’s minds, even though women are often more than a match for men in these roles.
“We commissioned this research to examine perceptions of manliness in the workplace and it did throw up the odd surprise.”