Bricklayers’ wages are expected to rise by 50% by next summer, says a leading contractor
Wages fell by 20pc after the 2008 crisis and have remained at £100 to £110 a day ever since, but the recent surge in housebuilding – driven by the government’s Help To Buy sub to housebuilders – is expected to put upward pressure on wage prices.
“Brickwork has made a huge comeback in the last two years,” says Mike Walsh, managing director of Swift Brickwork.
“Rates have been static for several years, compounded by a lack of training and opportunities,” adds Paul Dewick, managing director of brickwork contractor Irvine Whitlock. “Growth in the housing market has impacted heavily on resource.”
There are currently 1.2m people employed directly in the construction industry, of which 518,000 are five years away from retirement age with no measures in place to replace them, a recent construction industry training board report revealed.