Our Infographic was based on the average salaries for different construction jobs in London across UK, the info graphic in question got alot of response, hundreds of shares and comments. Men and Women in the industry commented “I wouldn’t get out of bed for that!” which was a little alarming considering we are living in an era where there are currently 2.67 million people in unemployment. I had a mixture of emotions and feelings about some of the comments, surely a wage is a wage. Surely if you were struggling to look for work you would take what you were given, the phrase ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ sprung to mind. What I noticed though was that there wasn’t just one or two people of this opinion but rather pages and pages of comments rebuking the information that we had shared, people laughing and making fun at the very suggestion of such salaries.
I decided to dig a little deeper to see why so many people had contrasting opinions on the infographic and the answer was staring me in the face- Location! Location! Location! A Senior Quantity Surveyor in London, earns on average £50-£65k Per annum, which is up to £10k mire than the North of England, with their average for the same role coming in at £42-55k per annum, the lowest across the country. Thames Valley and South West England came in the second highest with their average for this profession coming in at £45-65k per annum.
As I looked at other Construction Role salaries I could see a trend forming, in that London pays the highest every time. Take for instance, Planning, the average planning salaries across the country range from between £35,000 to £50,000 in The Midlands while Planners in the North will see salaries up to £50,000 per annum. Planners across London are experiencing the highest salaries offered with some Planners receiving up to £60,000.
London also had the highest salary rates for Estimators working across the UK who are experiencing similar salaries and rates offered for their skills. More senior professionals across London, such as Estimating Managers are seeing the highest salaries offered over other Estimating Managers across the UK, with some receiving over £90,000 per annum.
The high salaries for construction workers in London, corresponded with the higher living costs associated with London with it being fair to say that within the boundaries of zone 1-2 in London, you will pay upwards of £700 a month for a room, or £1,700 a month for a one bedroom flat, on average - with studios at about £1,250. The rental costs and cost of living in London in general is undoubtedly a reason for the higher salary in the capital, however it would be naive of me to think that there aren’t other contributing factors. Mainly the fact that the city has established itself as the location of many world class and highly profitable businesses in the services sector that attract the best talent from around the world and nowhere else in the country has such a high density of highly skilled workers. London has long been the home of big business headquarters driving economic growth, tourism and profit, so what better way to attract the best men for the job than to throw a hefty pay cheque their direction.