Top 10 ‘best places’ in the world for construction workers
By Dan ColombiniNovember 10, 2021
America, home of the brave and land of the free, has been known as a place of prosperity and respectable working conditions since the Industrial Revolution, but how do we rate against other developed countries when it comes to construction workers today? And where do they have it better (and worse)?
A recent survey from construction clothing equipment manufacturer Workwear Guru set out to locate the best places in the world for construction workers to prosper.
The study considered three major factors for ranking the best countries for construction workers: the average salaries in construction, safety, and cost of living in each country/state.
The study took into account the cost of living for each country in the world, using Numbeo’s and worldpopulation’s Cost of Living index.
This index adjusts states and cities for transportation, grocery costs, and other utilities that impact the quality of life for a construction worker in a specific country. Countries with higher living costs scored lower in the study.
Using data from Salaryexplorer, the study also compared the average salaries for construction workers and adjusted them based on the cost-of-living index for each country.
Considering that construction is perpetually among the most dangerous industries, with 250 incidents per 10,000 in full-time employment (FTE), the benefits of having a safe construction site are abundantly clear.
Using data from Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the safety for countries was measured by percentage of people who answered affirmatively to whether they’ve been seriously injured while working.
Based on all of the above, here’s the list of best places for construction in 2021
Average salary: $79,159
Cost of living: 125.02
2. United Kingdom
Average salary: $57,957
Cost of living: 70.64
Average salary: $53,501
Cost of living: 75.79
4. United States
Average salary: $55,800
Cost of living: 70.55
Average salary: $55,927
Cost of living: 71.45
Average salary: $43,958
Cost of living: 82.63
Average salary: $40,731
Cost of living: 85.3
Average salary: $31,931
Cost of living: 41.31
Average salary: $41,312
Cost of living: 78.93
Average salary: $45,295
Cost of living: 88.53