May 16, 2020

Top paid jobs in the construction industry

Construction jobs
Admin
3 min
Top paid jobs in the construction industry

Skilled workers are earning more in 2015 than they did last year.
Quantity Surveyors salaries increase by 45 per cent since 2014.
Now is the ideal t...
  • Skilled workers are earning more in 2015 than they did last year.
  • Quantity Surveyors salaries increase by 45 per cent since 2014.
  • Now is the ideal time to consider a career in construction.

A comprehensive review of both permanent and temporary candidates’ wages in the construction industry reveals a significant increase in pay compared to 2014.

Ionic Recruitment, the specialist recruitment consultancy within construction, has released figures that show permanent workers in construction have seen an eight per cent increase in their wages in the last 12 months.

Quantity surveyors are experiencing the biggest change with a huge 45 per cent rise in their wage. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors says that demand for quantity surveyors tends to exceed supply and this forecast is set to continue. Furthermore, chartered surveyors are paid more than their non-chartered equivalents providing clear career progression and the opportunity to earn more.

Site Managers are also enjoying an overall increase in pay as the demand for those at a managerial level rises and they are expected to have in-depth experience and knowledge in their specialist field.

Martyn Makinson, Managing Director of Ionic Recruitment, said:  “There’s been a marked increase in new construction projects in the last 12 months; which is backed up by the recent construction output forecast results.  The recent general election has also been a boost, as construction companies now know what they can expect from the government for the next five years.”

He continued: “Senior roles have clearly seen a larger increase in salary thanks to the demand for experienced workers. With current employment gaps and a shortage of construction contractors, now is an opportune time to consider a career within the construction sector.”

Temporary workers have also seen an average pay increase of seven per cent, with painters and decorators getting a 46 per cent rise, followed by ground workers (23 per cent) and joiners (15 per cent).

Martyn added: “Some may predict that permanent workers see bigger increases in wages as temporary workers tend to barter more to secure contracts. Our figures show that actually, the wage increases are pretty similar across both which is good news in general for the construction sector as a whole.”

The top five wage increases were seen in the following markets:

  • Senior Quantity Surveyor - General Construction - 45.31%
  • Site Manager - 26.51%
  • Tenant Liaison Officer - 26.51%
  • Business Development Manager - 25.00%
  • Assistant Quantity Surveyor - 20.62%

The top 5 temporary jobs with the biggest wage increase are:

  • Painter/Decorator - 45.96%
  • Groundworker - 22.60%
  • Joiner (Universal) - 17.18%
  • Telehandler - 15.04%
  • Fencer - 12.50%

The newly released figures may also encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships and traineeships, eventually becoming the next generation of highly qualified tradespeople. 

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Jul 28, 2021

Sonnedix starts construction of 50MW solar plant in Spain

construction
Energy
solarpower
spain
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on an 111-hectare site and marks the company's largest project in Spain

Sonnedix has started building a 50MW solar PV plant in Badajoz, Spain.

Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on a 111-hectares, becoming the largest project built by the IPP in the country, where it has operated since 2010. With over 110,000 monocrystaline solar panels, the project will connect through a transmission line to the Vaguadas substation.

During construction, Sonnedix will create approximately 250 new jobs in Badajoz, in line with its ESG standards and commitment to improving the life of the local community.

Once operational, Sonnedix Los Frailes, which is being developed in collaboration with Viridi RE group, will produce approximately 102,000 MWh per year, capable of powering more than 36,500 homes with clean electricity and avoiding over 24,000 tons of CO2.

Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix, said: “We are excited to start the construction of our largest project to date in Spain, a milestone that highlights both our strong commitment to the Spanish market, and our potential to expand our platform worldwide. We are very proud of our hard-working and committed team in Spain, which has doubled in the last year, and we look forward to continue developing and acquiring solar PV projects in the country, playing an important role in the energy transition, as well as the post-pandemic economic recovery.”

Last June 2020, Sonnedix signed a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Europe´s largest producer of renewable energy and leading PPA provider Statkraft for the supply of 100 GWh of energy per year, making it the IPP’s first PPA for a grid-parity project in Spain.

Sonnedix is one of the leading solar IPPs in Spain, with over 1GW of capacity, including 365MW operational, 50MW under construction, and a development pipeline of over 600MW. Currently it has almost 2GW under operation or construction across eight countries, plus more than 2GW in the pipeline.

According to SolarPower Europe, Spain is expected to have a total installed solar PV capacity of 29GW by 2024 in the medium scenario, making it the second largest solar market in Europe. Renewables produced 50.7% of Spain’s electricity in May, generating 10% more gigawatt-hours year-on-year.

The Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) targets 74% of renewable electricity generation and 39.2 GW of PV capacity by 2030.

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