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2017 Trades Salary Survey

To go with our extensive Technical Salary Survey (which you can read here), we have also completed a salary survey covering the Trades industry for the year 2016-17. This report covers the salaries of Labourers, Painters, Carpenters and Groundworkers.

On average, Trades salaries have increased by 3.37% from 2015/16.  Despite 2016 being a year full of political uncertainty, wages within the construction trades industry were not negatively affected.

You can find out more about these job roles in our industry sector pages here or view our Trades jobs here  

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Labourers temp salary – 3.25%

Labourers have seen a slight increase across the UK, with an increase of 3.25%. London saw the highest increase with 4.2% up from the previous year. The South had the smallest increase of 1% - the average is now at £9.40 an hour in the southern parts of England (not including London). The north was more steady with an average increase of 3.90% earning £9 an hour.  

Painters temp salary – 3.4%

Painters Salaries have increased by an average of 3.4%. With the Midlands seeing the highest increase at 6.4% and the South the smallest increase at 0.2%. Despite this, the South still earns more than the midlands and the north of the UK, with a 4% difference between the North and South. The Average salary in the south is £13.44 whereas the north earns on average £12.89 

Carpenters temp salary – 4.6%

Carpenters have seen the biggest increase out of the 4 trade roles covered in this blog post, with a 4.6% increase overall. Carpenters salaries in the Midlands have increased the most by 10%. And the lowest in South East with a small 2% increase. Saying this, on average, the South earns 3.9% more than the north.

Groundworkers temp salary – 2.3%

Out of all the researched job roles, Ground Workers have experienced the smallest salary rise within the last year at just 2.3%. Salaries in the South have increased at the lowest rate compared to the rest of the UK, despite being one of the highest paid areas, on average the south earns 8.3% more than the north. 

Although Trade salaries have increased over the past year, it appears as though the growth rate is beginning to slow and salaries are starting to stagnate. Kamal Ahmed, the Economics Editor for BBC states that the decline in salary growth is a massive challenge for the government, especially with the increase in inflation (you can read more here). With more political uncertainty to continue for the next few years, it can have an effect on what will happen to Trades salaries as a separate industry. The main struggle at the moment is the high demand for skilled workers which has helped with the 2016 increase of wages. However, depending what the next couple of years bring, it is hard to predict the impact it will have on the trades salaries. 

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