Our infographic was based on the average salaries for different construction jobs in London across UK, the info graphic in question got a lot 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-£65 k per annum, which is up to £10 k mire than the North of England, with their average for the same role coming in at £42-55 k 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 £45-65 k 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.