(Xinhua/Liu Dawei)

Average daily wages of local construction workers rise 1.5pct

The average daily wage of local construction workers has increased by 1.5 per cent quarter-to-quarter in the first three months of this year to MOP953 (US$119), while wages for non-resident construction workers increased by 0.9 per cent to MOP626.

Overall, the average daily wage of construction workers increased by 1.0 per cent quarter-to-quarter to MOP746.

The number of employees in construction has decreased by some 1,700 workers to a total of 34,200 by the end of March, with labour authorities having advanced with training and employment assistance programmes for unemployed workers in the sector.

Most of the local underemployed population, some 19,200, were also either employed in Gaming & Junket Activities or Construction sector.

Formwork carpenters saw the largest sequential rise, a 10 per cent rise to MOP829, followed by water/gas pipe installers (MOP749) and structural iron erectors (MOP832).

Meanwhile, the price index of construction materials for residential buildings rose by 2.3 per cent quarter-to-quarter to 115.2, thanks to rises in the average prices of spiral & round reinforcing steel bars and concrete.