Bricklayers can earn £90,000 a year, a study by the UK’s largest trade association has revealed.
Brickies earn an average of £42,034, according the Federation of Master Builders, but some in London reap more than £1,730 a week — £90,000 a year.
The research says that apprentices in the construction industry can earn far more than university graduates.
Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “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.”
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has told councils to do more to supply new homes and warned developers who sit on unused land that they could miss out on future planning permissions.
Theresa May said the housing crisis is one of the biggest barriers to social mobility.
In much of the country “housing is so unaffordable that millions of people who would reasonably expect to buy their own home are unable to do so”, she said.
She said: “The result is a vicious circle from which most people can only escape with help from the Bank of Mum and Dad.
If you are not lucky enough to have such support, the door to home ownership is all too often locked and barred.”
The Government will seek to close the gap between planning permissions granted and new homes built, she will vow, and proposals to be consulted on include fast-tracking the system.
But she added: “It’s also time for builders and developers to step up and do their bit. I expect developers to do their duty to Britain and build the homes our country needs.”