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Construction chiefs lagging behind in top earners' table

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CONSTRUCTION'S top bosses are the poor relations in the pay league, earning on average almost £200,000-a-year less than their better-rewarded counterparts in other industries.

But their plight found little sympathy with construction union Ucatt general secretary, George Brumwell.

As the industry gears up to thrash out a new pay deal for Britain's 800,000 construction workers, Mr Brumwell said: 'The top earners' pay is an embarrassment compared with the pay and conditions of site workers. We think managers should be paid fair rewards for their efforts, but so should people on site.'

The pay findings are revealed in a salary survey of the country's chiefexecutives by researchers at Incomes Data Services.

Construction, property and building materials bosses came bottom of the pile, with the chemicals and pharmaceuticals sector topping the charts.

The average salary of chiefexecutives of FTSE-100 companies in construction stood at £437,230.

The maximum salary in this sector was £786,741.Three big earners (1998 figures)

Peter Mason (Amec): £561,000 (including bonuses).

Oliver Whitehead (Alfred McAlpine): £394,000 (incl. bonuses).

John Gains (Mowlem): £374,146 (incl. bonuses).