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Construction weekly earnings rise by just 0.3%

Average weekly earnings in the construction industry grew by just 0.3 per cent in August 2013, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The Labour Market Statistics show weekly earnings in the construction industry, including bonuses and arrears, hit £554 on average in August, up 2.3 per cent on August 2012. Earnings over the rolling three months to August were 0.3 per cent higher.

In the Midlands, the average daily rate for bricklayers in Q3 was £146 and £148.50 for carpenters.

The news follows the latest Contractor Input Cost Index from EC Harris, in association with Construction News, which found that daily labour rates were up by just 0.1 per cent in Q3 2013, though bricklayers enjoyed a stronger increase.

Across the whole economy, weekly earnings grew by 0.7 per cent over the three months to August compared with 2012. Unremployment was down 1.6 per cent to 2.48m.

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