Simon Fell welcomes support for construction

Recent figures show that the latest wages in the Construction industry are £92 a week higher than they were in May 2010.  


These figures are a welcome boost for the 1,500 plumbers, joiners and builders across Barrow and Furness.  


Simon Fell, Conservative Spokesman for Barrow & Furness, welcomed the figures, which show that weekly earnings went up by 4.5 per cent over the last year – nearly double the rate prices are increasing. 


Commenting, Simon Fell said:


‘This is welcome news, but there’s more to do.  That’s why, through our modern Industrial Strategy, we’re working to recruit and train the next generation of high-skilled construction workers.  


‘The construction industry makes a vital contribution to our economy, which is why we need to ensure that we have the skills we need to deliver housing across the country and build a country fit for the future.’



  • Investing in a Transforming Construction programme.  Supported by £170 million of government investment over three years through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and £250 million of match funding from industry, the deal will bring together the construction, manufacturing, energy and digital sectors in a new hub to commercialise technologies capable of building assets which are both cost effective and energy efficient.


  • Launching a modern Industrial Strategy to secure our future as a competitive, global nation creating better higher-paying jobs.  The modern Industrial Strategy will build on Britain’s strengths, extend excellence into the future, make the country one of the most competitive places in the world to start and grow a business, and close the productivity and wealth gap between different regions – so we can create a country that works for everyone.


  • Launching a Construction Sector Deal.  As part of our modern Industrial Strategy, we’re launching a transformative Sector Deal will help modernise the industry and recruit and train the next generation of high-skilled construction workers.  The deal that could add billions of pounds in value to the UK economy through delivering better homes and infrastructure.  


Number of Construction workers by constituency


Source: NOMIS, Employee Jobs: Construction, accessed 22 May 2018, link.