New Research Shows That Building a Career in Construction is Great for Your Earning Potential

Although manual jobs in bricklaying and plastering may not be considered as top-end earning jobs, recent research found that, on average, bricklayers across the UK earn 10 percent more than architects.

The poll, which was carried out by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) using data from the National Office of Statistics, found that bricklayers earned £42,034 per year on average compared to a salary of £38,228 for architects in the UK.

Floorers, scaffolders and plasterers also earn more, with the poll also finding that one firm was paying bricklayers in London more than £90,000 per year.

It’s great news for those studying, or thinking of studying on construction courses at East Durham College’s Peterlee campus, as the demand for skilled workers is higher than ever in the UK.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Money talks and, when it comes to annual salaries, a career in construction trumps many graduate roles.

“The average university graduate in England earns £32,000 per year, whereas your average brickie or roofer is earning £42,000 a year. Pursuing a career in construction is therefore becoming an increasingly savvy move.”

In the same FMB poll, it was found that plumbing workers earn the most with average earnings of £48,675 per year, followed by electricians (£47,625), civil engineers (£44,253), steel fixers (£44,174), roofers (£42,303), bricklayers (£42,034), plasterers (41,045), scaffolders (£40,942), floorers (£39,131) and plant operatives (£38,409).

East Durham College’s range of construction courses and engineering-related courses are designed to give learners the experience they need to find employment in the lucrative construction sector.

The college offers many different routes for learners, including bricklaying, plastering, painting and decorating, electrical technology, engineering/welding, joinery/carpentry and plumbing/gas.

For more information on East Durham College’s range of construction courses, please visit the website Courses section.