If you are looking for a job that will leave you more minted than Bill Gates, the answer isn’t coding, stock trading or becoming a Youtube star. All you need is a bricklaying apprenticeship and some solid experience - and you could be earning as much as £90,000 a year!
New research from the Federation of Master Builders has highlighted just how much construction-industry workers can make compared to university graduates. For example, the report claims that an electrician’s average salary is around £47,265, while dentists earn just £40,268.
“The average university graduate in England earns £32,000 a year, whereas our research shows your average brickie or roofer is earning £42,000 a year,” said FMB chief executive Brian Berry.
The report further claims that on average a site manager makes £51,266 a year, while plumbers earn £48,765 and supervisors take home £48,407. It even highlighted some London bricklayers who earn £1,730 a week - the equivalent of £90,000 a year.
“Pursuing a career in construction is therefore becoming an increasingly savvy move.”
‘Savvy’ is certainly one way of putting it; a tradie with valuable skills can make some serious money, especially if they are willing to work as a contractor. Let us also not forget about millionaire Charlie Mullins, who started a plumbing apprenticeship at 15 years of age.
However, making this kind of cash is never a given. A tradie needs to build up their experience, advertise themselves, get recommendations from customers and do some serious hard grafting if they want their business to be successful.
So, what are the most important lessons from the report? Well, aside from knowing that with hard work and the right skills it is more than possible for a tradie to take home serious cash, we’d say the main lesson is that unless you are making over £40k as a trade professional, you must be underpaid!