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Building industry wages rise rapidly over Brexit recruitment fears

Over the next few weeks many construction industry experts are predicting a huge spike in builder wages as the after effects of the historic Brexit result continues to cause uncertainty.

Recruitment industry reports state that bricklayers are taking home up to £1,000 a week as building firms throughout the UK compete for staff maintain the construction sectors infrastructure and keep housebuilding projects on track.

Whilst this is essential to ensure that the construction sector doesn’t fall behind targets or create a decline for the home market, because the demand for temporary construction workers has increased over the last year, recruitment agencies and building firms are struggling to find the perfect employees.

Because of this nearly 70% of construction firms say that the shortage of labourers, bricklayers and other site tradesmen is now the most significant risk to their UK businesses. The biggest skills shortage out of all of these is in bricklayers, with more than 4 in 10 firms suggesting that it is a particularly difficult position to fill. This is especially the case in London where the demand for bricklayers has lead to their wages rising to between £15 and £25 per hour.

As the leading construction recruitment agency in the North of the UK, we’re constantly working with building firms to help find the right candidates, but Brexit has definitely continued to create issues within the sector.

These finding follow the latest employment data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which shows a year-on-year increase in wages in the construction sector of around 7.5% excluding bonuses. ONS data also reveals that in December 2015 there were 2,238,000 jobs in construction, making up 6.6% of all jobs. The construction sector was the second biggest job creator last year, accounting for 25% of job growth in 2015.

Whether this rise in wages will continue throughout 2016 will depend hugely on the twists and turns that will come about from our post Brexit government, but Recruitment Solutions will be there every step of the way to help you find or place the perfect construction site roles.

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