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Sub-contractor Pay Trends March 2017

Hudson Contract delivers the most accurate indications of pay trends across the construction industry, using payroll data for over 2,200 construction companies to publish the average pay for a spectrum of 17 different trades now split across ten regions.

Holding steady.  That’s the pattern for earnings in March, with labour-only subbies on a national weekly average of £841 – which works out to an increase of £26-a-week since this time last year.

Looking regionally, the biggest increase of 1.71% is in the South East (£15pw) and at the other end of scale, the North West has seen a drop-off of 1.62% (£12pw).

National Weekly Average Earnings March 2017:  £841

Region March 2017 Average Change from February 2017

North East

£709.00 +1.13%

North West

£741.00 -1.62%

Yorkshire & Humber

£767.00 No change

East Midlands

£876.00 +0.68%

West Midlands

£860.00 -1.40%

Wales

£736.00 -0.27%

East of England

£925.00 +1.19%

London

£849.00 -1.18%

South East

£876.00 +1.71%

South West

£784.00 -0.89%

Individual Trades:  Winners and Losers:
Nationally this month’s winners are:

  • Shopfitting:  +5.6%

London and the North-West lead the way

  • Equipment & Operator Hire+4.4%

Strong jump in activity in the East Midlands

  • Mechanical & Engineering+4.1%

South-East bounces back to levels last seen three months ago

The downside
Amongst the trades, scaffolding & lifting, civil engineering and general construction are all down nationally, with 2.6%, 1.3% and 0.9% reductions respectively.  But none have dropped below the levels seen in January.

Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield comments:  “Confidence remains high amongst the companies we have visited over the past few weeks, and there seem to be three main topics of conversation.”

These are:

  1. Volumes of work:  Across the country, projects are starting to pick up after the usual slow start to the year.  In the Midlands, in particular, clients report plenty of work in the pipeline and are looking forward to a busy summer. In the North, housebuilders and associated trades are feeling particularly positive.
  2. Labour shortages:  Firms in the South-East are already struggling to get the skilled labour they need, while in the Midlands there is simply a general lack of labour.  Nationally, the feeling is that if we could only attract more people into the industry, there is plenty of work for increased numbers.
  3. Brexit & Article 50:   Even though we have now formally announced our decision to leave the EU, the general feeling is that the reality is a long way off and that until we actually start to see any impact, the best course of action is to keep calm and carry on.

From the national perspective, the latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index echoes Hudson Contract’s own data.  The Index remains positive, reporting that while there was softer growth in the house building sector, there has been a rebound in both the commercial and civil engineering sectors.

To access Hudson Contract’s Construction Pay Trends index, please click here

North East

NORTH EAST Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £895  £724  £837  £867
ELECTRICAL  £641  £619  £694  £637
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £745  £648  £687  £737
INSULATION  £724  £627  £708  £670
PLASTERING  £643  £636  £642  £619
ROOFING  £1,012  £466  £586  £501
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £421  £405  £411  £449
SHOP FITTING  £738  £655  £733  £696
SPECIALIST TRADES  £620  £643  £665  £661

North West

NORTH WEST Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17
BRICKLAYING  £697  £660  £690  £683
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £759  £661  £737  £721
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £868  £783  £826  £750
ELECTRICAL  £855  £761  £791  £813
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £942  £708  £740  £765
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £814  £685  £752  £740
INSULATION  £1,150  £1,000  £1,307  £1,069
JOINERY  £737  £681  £780  £766
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £595  £531  £569  £607
PLASTERING  £550  £477  £733  £550
PLUMBING  £794  £688  £791  £760
ROOFING  £934  £783  £869  £830
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £518  £475  £524  £518
SHOP FITTING  £1,207  £1,009  £930  £1,040
SPECIALIST TRADES  £737  £690  £839  £760
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £741  £608  £671  £880
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £647  £580  £579  £593

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17
BRICKLAYING  £647  £593  £612  £642
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £720  £690  £728  £725
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £560  £497  £546  £535
ELECTRICAL  £831  £815  £850  £910
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £831  £735  £822  £876
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £792  £685  £760  £756
JOINERY  £899  £743  £932  £926
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £974  £811  £940  £968
PLASTERING  £778  £715  £695  £706
PLUMBING  £730  £807  £702  £706
ROOFING  £722  £609  £646  £636
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £552  £448  £552  £535
SHOP FITTING  £1,454  £890  £1,037  £1,012
SPECIALIST TRADES  £906  £754  £951  £915
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £1,242  £1,010  £949  £821
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £822  £683  £821  £819

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £776  £705  £776  £771
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £654  £567  £631  £663
ELECTRICAL  £1,017  £776  £973  £989
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £879  £953  £903  £1,093
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £993  £849  £1,010  £987
INSULATION  £814  £651  £728  £780
JOINERY  £796  £799  £843  £849
PLASTERING  £791  £711  £721  £738
PLUMBING  £858  £837  £886  £906
ROOFING  £871  £837  £844  £853
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £704  £654  £729  £757
SHOP FITTING  £1,274  £1,245  £1,156  £1,040
SPECIALIST TRADES  £905  £827  £893  £940
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £1,491  £538  £1,039  £1,269
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £835  £677  £798  £828

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17
BRICKLAYING  £719  £683  £699  £571
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £885  £765  £869  £854
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £704  £603  £676  £666
ELECTRICAL  £1,122  £1,027  £1,153  £1,170
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £837  £779  £918  £949
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £853  £792  £844  £819
INSULATION  £800  £714  £738  £726
JOINERY  £742  £699  £815  £795
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £637  £742  £816  £723
PLASTERING  £756  £650  £710  £766
PLUMBING  £1,372  £1,163  £1,288  £1,223
ROOFING  £525  £594  £550  £528
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £590  £908  £795  £631
SHOP FITTING  £1,236  £1,326  £1,305  £1,405
SPECIALIST TRADES  £1,016  £702  £943  £907
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £794  £611  £781  £811

Wales

WALES Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £734  £573  £693  £706
ELECTRICAL  £690  £951  £617  £705
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £1,327  £1,322  £1,381  £1,204
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £813  £791  £808  £771
JOINERY  £555  £722  £420  £476
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £574  £481  £545  £539
PLUMBING  £948  £758  £824  £817
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £696  £516  £639  £679
SPECIALIST TRADES  £707  £743  £709  £915
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £588  £666  £706  £621
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £1,453  £1,329

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17
BRICKLAYING  £724  £620  £706  £720
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £852  £773  £838  £831
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £613  £561  £627  £650
ELECTRICAL  £1,283  £1,129  £1,258  £1,286
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £938  £885  £881  £941
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £887  £798  £876  £870
INSULATION  £1,199  £870  £1,220  £1,259
JOINERY  £1,126  £1,038  £1,115  £1,152
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £925  £827  £915  £950
PLASTERING  £932  £1,025  £962  £917
PLUMBING  £1,474  £1,142  £1,428  £1,442
ROOFING  £816  £632  £709  £694
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £830  £714  £788  £807
SHOP FITTING  £1,209  £983  £1,149  £1,215
SPECIALIST TRADES  £952  £933  £970  £1,024
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £690  £716  £688  £659
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £699  £623  £685  £681

London

LONDON Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17
BRICKLAYING  £729  £583  £672  £709
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £771  £727  £797  £783
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £929  £763  £820  £655
ELECTRICAL  £920  £855  £918  £942
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £1,069  £1,301  £1,317  £1,371
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £921  £798  £925  £905
INSULATION  £738  £661  £811  £903
JOINERY  £1,112  £831  £928  £1,003
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £1,169  £1,058  £1,076  £1,136
PLASTERING  £1,028  £942  £932  £1,272
PLUMBING  £983  £841  £937  £937
ROOFING  £848  £649  £671  £744
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £1,118  £983  £1,149  £1,084
SHOP FITTING  £1,038  £913  £765  £858
SPECIALIST TRADES  £985  £860  £982  £982
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £746  £737  £718  £740
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £540  £400  £425  £1,558

South East

SOUTH EAST Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17
BRICKLAYING  £713  £584  £720  £760
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £747  £665  £748  £738
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £1,124  £879  £1,276  £1,280
ELECTRICAL  £1,236  £1,185  £1,236  £1,236
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £804  £857  £812  £838
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £857  £756  £829  £846
INSULATION  £754  £709  £725  £800
JOINERY  £1,071  £886  £1,017  £974
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £1,014  £936  £994  £1,120
PLASTERING  £716  £585  £687  £699
PLUMBING  £1,109  £979  £1,048  £1,092
ROOFING  £690  £609  £683  £688
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £790  £686  £773  £786
SHOP FITTING  £1,208  £788  £1,148  £1,265
SPECIALIST TRADES  £835  £787  £742  £776
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £810  £629  £789  £741
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £933  £678  £768  £780

South West

SOUTH WEST Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17
BRICKLAYING  £625  £433  £450  £500
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £782  £621  £696  £693
ELECTRICAL  £698  £631  £666  £687
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £595  £562  £627  £595
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £879  £748  £824  £794
INSULATION  £1,036  £955  £1,364  £1,298
JOINERY  £1,194  £1,131  £1,131  £1,204
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £822  £711  £635
PLASTERING  £757  £636  £688  £691
PLUMBING  £1,329  £1,159  £1,090  £1,142
ROOFING  £799  £699  £709  £729
SHOP FITTING  £1,021  £1,428  £1,184
SPECIALIST TRADES  £1,339  £1,105  £1,017  £1,069
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £662  £600  £635  £683