FMB Report: Some surprising statistics

Friday, March 09, 2018
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The FMB’s report on salaries across the construction industry has thrown up some surprising statistics. One that resonated with us here at Craven is that fact that the salary of a scaffolder now surpasses that of a university-trained architect, reflecting the increasing demand for construction skills in the UK.


The FMB (Federation of Master Builders) is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry, representing thousands of companies across the country. The association was founded over 70 years ago, to protect the interests of smaller construction firms. Primarily interested in helping these firms to grow and improve, their reports often produce invaluable data used to promote the industry.

This particular research was carried out in January this year, surveying over 300 construction companies and collecting information on salaries. The results are very interesting – with top earners listed as site managers, plumbers and supervisors, many of the skilled tradespeople surveyed were earning more than nurses and teachers.


The FMB is keen to use these findings to encourage apprenticeships across the UK, something we’re also passionate about here at Craven. A career in construction could be a very wise move, with your average skilled tradesperson earning at least £10,000 a year more than a university graduate. What’s more, apprentices qualify with no debt – in fact, most earn a wage while they are training.


With the construction industry facing somewhat of a skills crisis, and the Government’s upcoming housing targets, firms are in need of more young people and more diversity to move forward.

Are you interested in an apprenticeship in a fast-moving construction company? Why not get in touch with Craven to gain valuable experience – we’re looking for hardworking apprentices to join us. Email jamie@cravenscaffolding.co.uk or call 07813136522.