Should tattoos be banned from the workplace?

A quarter of British workers (25%) think tattoos are unacceptable in the workplace, with that figure rising to two fifths (42%) for directors or owners, according to new research. .

The study of 1,000 UK workers[1] by online metals and workwear retailer, metals4U, also revealed that more than half (57%) would prefer not to wear a uniform if they had the choice.

Despite this, many have strong views on what is an acceptable uniform policy in the workplace, with almost a quarter (24%) believing piercings should be removed during working hours.

The top uniform rules Brits want to be enforced in their workplace are:

  1. No flip flops (49%)
  2. No sportswear (40%)
  3. No trainers (39%)
  4. No shorts (35%)
  5. No tattoos (25%)

One in ten (10%) workers think that men should be required to wear full suits at work, including more than a quarter of directors (26%), finance workers (30%) and those in HR (29%).

The top professions that wish they had a more relaxed dress code:

  1. Media / Marketing (73%)
  2. Artist / Designer (72%)
  3. Accountants (64%)
  4. Sales (59%)
  5. Finance (53%)

However, many claim to see the positives to wearing a uniform, as over half say having one at work makes them feel part of the team (55%), and allows them to be more representative of their business (57%).

Over half (56%) of Brits say that having a dress code forces them to make more of an effort for work, as a third (34%) are spending more money on their uniforms and work clothes than their regular clothes.

Despite such a high number of the working population wearing a uniform on a daily basis, a quarter (25%) admit they aren’t aware of the tax relief on the cost of cleaning, repairing and replacing their uniforms.

Tax relief is able to be claimed by those who are required to wear a uniform to work, and that doesn’t just include the likes of doctors and nurses, but those who wear even a branded t-shirt. The amount varies depending on the industry, however some people have claimed back over £200 on the cost of cleaning, repairing and maintaining their uniforms[2].

Paul McFadyen, Managing Director of metals4U, said: “It’s lovely to see how many workers feel part of a team while wearing a uniform and although it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing to get the job done, we like feeling a sense of unity here at metals4U.

“We found it surprising how many people aren’t aware of the tax relief on work uniforms. Make sure you look into what you are able to claim back in expenses if you wear a uniform as you have nothing to lose and cleaning and maintaining workwear can get expensive.”

If you work in the construction sector and need to replace your uniform, metals4U has a wide range of workwear available at

Author: Editorial Team

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