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Sub-contractor Pay Trends February 2012

Hudson Contract delivers the most accurate indications of pay trends across the construction industry, using payroll data for over 1,600 construction companies and over 100,000 freelance builders to publish the average pay for the full spectrum of 17 different trades across five regions.

It was business as usual in January.  Which is to say that – as usual for this time of year – there was less work than in previous months, resulting in labour-only subbies across all five Hudson Contract regions earning less.

Comments Hudson Contract Managing Director David Jackson:  “This is exactly as we were expecting based on pay stats for previous years.  Christmas and the New Year always impacts on projects and everything slows down for a couple of weeks.”

The Midlands was the worst-affected region in January, with earnings down by 8.44%.  Freelance builders in the North-West fared relatively better, with a fall of 1.76 per cent compared with twelve weeks ago,

Other general observations:

  • Plasterers had a better month than other trades, with earnings up everywhere except in the South-West – and jumping by 8.52% in the South-East
  • The South-East also leads the way with the highest regional weekly earnings during January, although the figure of £636.39 is 5.31% less than it was back in November
  • Average earnings are currently lowest in the North-East at £572.30 – freelance builders everywhere else are taking home at least £600

David Jackson adds: “Looking ahead, by the end of January, the number of operatives being paid by Hudson Contract was back up to 93% of the peak seen before the festive break. So things have picked up during the month and hopefully this will filter through in February’s pay trends – although the spell of bad weather during the month might also have taken its toll.”

Hudson Contract’s ‘window on the construction industry’ gives you hard figures and data that is not available from any other source, with pay averages that reflect the amounts paid by a sample number of businesses – large and small – to specific trades over the twelve weeks to 31st January 2012. www.hudsoncontract.co.uk

North East

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying  £415.31  £443.20 -6.29%
Civil Engineering  £608.89  £628.03 -3.05%
Demolition  £367.63  £411.55 -10.67%
Electrical  £621.00  £682.88 -9.06%
Equipment & Operator hire  £534.85  £587.14 -8.91%
Fit out by specialist trades  £655.89  £813.66 -19.39%
General Construction  £573.68  £595.11 -3.60%
Insulation  £609.27  £648.25 -6.01%
Joinery  £506.13  £538.65 -6.04%
Mechanical  £639.09  £666.17 -4.07%
Plastering  £597.89  £588.27 1.64%
Plumbing  £599.39  £635.79 -5.73%
Roofing  £478.02  £533.05 -10.32%
Scaffolding  £455.32  £503.74 -9.61%
Shopfitting  £744.98  £800.25 -6.91%
Steel & Timber frame erect  £719.65  £642.56 12.00%
Surfacing contractors  £602.19  £665.98 -9.58%
Average  £572.30  £610.84 -6.31%

North West

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying  £462.86  £494.30 -6.36%
Civil Engineering  £558.38  £562.81 -0.79%
Demolition  £623.07  £658.52 -5.38%
Electrical  £813.83  £803.74 1.26%
Equipment & Operator hire  £626.13  £536.05 16.80%
Fit out by specialist trades  £856.27  £730.43 17.23%
General Construction  £583.39  £658.47 -11.40%
Insulation  £580.85  £721.21 -19.46%
Joinery  £496.13  £536.52 -7.53%
Mechanical  £474.74  £587.61 -19.21%
Plastering  £484.82  £459.20 5.58%
Plumbing  £575.29  £592.68 -2.93%
Roofing  £704.86  £670.44 5.13%
Scaffolding  £436.63  £452.63 -3.53%
Shopfitting  £877.57  £847.57 3.54%
Steel & Timber frame erect  £557.69  £542.69 2.76%
Surfacing contractors  £654.82  £698.71 -6.28%
Average  £609.84  £620.80 -1.76%

Midlands

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying  £511.28  £566.95 -9.82%
Civil Engineering  £632.58  £745.28 -15.12%
Demolition  £574.18  £557.38 3.01%
Electrical  £624.17  £788.51 -20.84%
Equipment & Operator hire  £530.16  £526.19 0.75%
Fit out by specialist trades  £480.58  £581.55 -17.36%
General Construction  £563.71  £559.65 0.73%
Insulation  £502.06  £616.79 -18.60%
Joinery  £650.06  £659.90 -1.49%
Mechanical  £947.96  £976.72 -2.94%
Plastering  £764.89  £715.71 6.87%
Plumbing  £569.56  £654.82 -13.02%
Roofing  £408.35  £452.93 -9.84%
Scaffolding  £500.20  £546.74 -8.51%
Shopfitting  £937.82  £1,103.13 -14.99%
Steel & Timber frame erect  £792.51  £877.03 -9.64%
Surfacing contractors  £606.42  £643.50 -5.76%
Average  £623.32  £680.75 -8.44%

South East

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying  £509.64  £569.73 -10.55%
Civil Engineering  £612.49  £630.95 -2.93%
Demolition  £526.76  £553.86 -4.89%
Electrical  £765.67  £809.28 -5.39%
Equipment & Operator hire  £655.26  £640.40 2.32%
Fit out by specialist trades  £719.35  £673.02 6.88%
General Construction  £622.33  £630.44 -1.29%
Insulation  £729.90  £731.43 -0.21%
Joinery  £642.10  £764.14 -15.97%
Mechanical  £612.66  £722.58 -15.21%
Plastering  £647.02  £596.21 8.52%
Plumbing  £789.99  £708.36 11.52%
Roofing  £569.62  £589.59 -3.39%
Scaffolding  £582.11  £629.67 -7.55%
Shopfitting  £732.57  £915.42 -19.97%
Steel & Timber frame erect  £535.93  £650.45 -17.61%
Surfacing contractors  £565.19  £609.56 -7.28%
Average  £636.39  £672.06 -5.31%

South West

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying  £418.26  £431.19 -3.00%
Civil Engineering  £544.81  £624.64 -12.78%
Demolition  £560.27  £598.54 -6.39%
Electrical  £621.44  £646.72 -3.91%
Equipment & Operator hire  £488.17  £571.90 -14.64%
Fit out by specialist trades  £697.38  £647.11 7.77%
General Construction  £564.26  £648.10 -12.94%
Insulation  £632.91  £645.98 -2.02%
Joinery  £423.15  £479.46 -11.74%
Mechanical  £775.00  £751.98 3.06%
Plastering  £763.56  £799.59 -4.51%
Plumbing  £605.84  £591.67 2.39%
Roofing  £535.68  £555.99 -3.65%
Scaffolding  £552.60  £601.53 -8.13%
Shopfitting  £882.67  £971.19 -9.11%
Steel & Timber frame erect  £757.60  £652.65 16.08%
Surfacing contractors  £506.33  £618.44 -18.13%
Average  £607.64  £637.45 -4.68%