Construction staff should head for London to earn the country’s highest pay, according to a new study.
Recruitment firm Randstad Construction, Property & Engineering, found that average construction salaries in the capital are £1,836 a year higher than than could be explained by regional differences in the job market.
The average salary for a London construction worker was £48,387 the equivalent of 18 per cent more than the UK industry average of £40,782.
Randstad CPE found construction professionals earned £14,432 more than the average London salary of £33,952 across all industries, and only £12,596 of this could be accounted for by differences in regional pay levels.
Managing director Owen Goodhead said: “Everyone knows London and the south east tend to offer the most competitive salaries.
“However, the enormous extent of that premium in construction goes way beyond that seen in other industries – and is tempting many thousands of people to pick up sticks and follow the money.
“The potential bonus for construction workers in the top hotspots goes far beyond even the biggest regional differences in the jobs market in general.”
Other places offering good money were the south east and east of England driven by housing projects, and regeneration in the Manchester area.
By contrast, Northern Ireland was the worst area to work in construction, where the average salary was only £28,477.