Construction site managers earn on average 5.8 times more than other construction workers in the UK and are now the second-highest paid occupation in the country, according to new figures.
The figures from the Construction Industry Association show the pay rise of 4.2% to £32,500 for those in construction and £24,000 for those working in office and administrative roles.
Construction site management has been steadily rising in pay since the recession, but it is now at a record high, according the union.
The survey of nearly 4,000 employers found that of those working on site in January 2017, 79% said they were on the job at the end of that month, up from 67% in January 2016.
The pay rise comes after a string of recent pay rises, including in the construction industry.
The union said it had called for a minimum wage increase, higher pensions and more paid holiday.
Construction workers’ pay was up 9.6% last year to £8.50 an hour, up 1.2%.
The UK has the third highest proportion of workers on the minimum wage in the EU, according in the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.
There were 4,637 construction site managers employed last year, with 2,624 of them in London, with the average wage in London at £18,000.
However, London’s average wage was just £8,500 more than the national average.
The highest paid construction site manager was in Brighton, with an average salary of £31,200.
Construction Site Management is a profession that has been around since the 1950s, but has been gaining ground in recent years.
In March 2017, the Construction Site Managers’ Association said that the number of new construction sites in England had grown by 3.5% to 8,400 in the last three years, making it the fifth most popular occupation in England.
But there has also been a rise in the number in the private sector, with construction site management making up 17% of all jobs in the past year.
Construction and engineering site managers made up the next highest occupation with 5.2%, followed by site and control workers at 5.1%, and engineers at 5%.