One of the most sacrificial professions is a builder. In 2021, employers have assured that Spain needs 700,000 construction workers. A surprising figure considering that more than 30% of the youth population is unemployed. Hard work, the situation in which the work is done and the lack of economic incentives are some of the causes put forward by the sector to explain the shortage of employees.
According to talent.com, the salary of a builder in Spain is 19,200 per year on average. Entry level positions start at an income of €16,800 a year, while more experienced professionals earn up to €24,083 a year. But are these economic conditions the same as those found in other countries?
In the past few days, a young man from Argentina has gone viral on TikTok by sharing what a day’s work is like in Australia as a builder. The professional records day by day from the time he takes transportation to the construction site until the work he does. In the recording he is seen, mainly, undertaking cleaning and debris removal work. Meals are also recorded during the thirty minutes of lunch time they have to rest. Although it is a difficult job, the young man says that most of his work today does not require much effort.
At the end of the eight-hour day, the Argentine goes home and tells the camera how much money he earned that day. In total, it is 280 dollars (it is not specified if they are American or Australian. If they were American it would be about 253 euros and if they are Australian, 168) for a complete one. That is, 35 dollars per hour. A sum of money for one day’s work that attracted the attention of his followers on TikTok. “In one day you earn my monthly salary,” said one of them. Most also asked him what he had to do to gain access to such a well-paid job.
The average salary in Australia reached 59,250 euros per year in 2021, that is, 4,938 euros per month in twelve payments and from July 1, 2022, the national minimum wage is $ 21.38 Australian dollars per hour, or $ 812, 60 per week 38 hours. (before tax), as decreed by the Fair Work Ombudsman.