The rate of pay for construction labourers in London

The rate of pay for construction labourers in London

It’s important that your jobs are listed with a wage that reflects the appropriate rate of pay for the profession in question. You should also take into account other factors such as location, experience and any further qualifications that the desired applicant needs to have. As an employer, you want to make sure that you are paying your employees the wage they deserve. Offer wages that are too low and you can risk driving off potential employees, and you may struggle to find enough workers for the job.

This week we’re looking into what the current average rate of pay is for a construction labourer in the UK and the other factors that may affect a worker’s rate of pay. By taking all of this into consideration, you can ensure that your next job listing will offer a rate of pay that is fair and will attract the quality workers you’re after.

What is the current hourly rate?

The minimum wage for workers aged 25 and over is currently £7.83. However that this will be changing to £8.21 in April 2019. Currently, the overall average hourly rate for construction labourers in the UK is £8.05. But as the minimum wage is set to rise in 2019 and, with increasing scarcity of labour, the overall average rate of pay is predicted to increase too.

A worker aged between 18-24 is still be subject to an hourly wage around the £8 mark. The minimum wage for 18-20 and 21-24 year olds is lower but will be increasing to £6.15 and £7.70 respectively in 2019. So the overall average may not change too much for the younger labourers out there.

There will be cases where labourers are paid more than and less than the average rate of £8.05. The lower end is most likely made up of those aged between 16-20 undertaking apprenticeships, who usually begin their labouring careers on a relatively low wage and are paid more as they gain further experience and learn more about the job and gain qualifications. As such, the average rate of pay shouldn’t be taken at face value as a fair wage for all employees. Average, means average.

While we have a rough idea of the hourly rate of construction labourers in the UK, it’s important to remember that average pay for similar work can vary depending on the employee’s location and their experience.

What if you work in London?

You may have to pay a construction labourer differently depending on where in England you’re based. While the London Living Wage is £10.55 an hour, the living wage rate for the rest of the UK is £9.00 per hour. While these rates aren’t legally enforced (like national minimum wage) it’s still good practice to bear these living wages in mind when deciding how much an employer should be paid.

A construction labourer based in London may be paid more than the ‘equivalent’ labourer in Leeds simply because of the higher living costs in the capital city and the scarcity of labour.

What if I need more experience?

It’s difficult to identify one set wage for construction labourers in the UK because it can vary from labourer to labourer. And experience is a factor that can impact the amount a construction labourer should be paid for their work.

A labourer with a blue CSCS card and three years experience on a building site can expect to be paid more than a labourer with a green CSCS card and only a year’s experience. This is also the case with labourers with specialist skills, such as being qualified to operate a crane on a building site.

How to attract applicants to your job listing

With all of this mind, if you want to increase the chances of filling your advertised role, an appropriate daily rate of pay is important to attract labourers to your job listing. A daily rate of £100+ is recommended to attract a substantial number of applicants for London based work. This daily rate surpasses the minimum wage as well as the London living wage, therefore your job listing should get many eager applications from potential employees. Hopefully you will then be in a position to select the ‘best of a good bunch’!

As well as this, a decent wage means your employees will be motivated to get the job done to a high standard and work for you again. The same may not be the case with a worker who is being paid a low amount for their work.

Job perks

You could cover travel expenses, or provide company travel options to entice more applicants. This small little gesture can really make a difference. It might be the difference in a worker being able to accept the job or not and it gives workers one less thing to worry about. In London especially, travel can easily cost just as much as a whole hour’s work. Failing that, tea or coffee and a bacon sarnie aren’t to be scoffed at either.

There’s no ‘middle man’ when you advertise a job role with Grafter, so there are no fees. We’d rather you put this money towards providing your team with a healthy wage.

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