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Sub-contractor Pay Trends March 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.

Love obviously wasn’t in the air in February – at least, not as far as our monthly pay stats are concerned.

Four out of the five regions are again showing a decrease. Only the South-West has managed to buck the trend, and then only by 0.33%, which translates as an extra £8 or so over the month.

Looking at the 17 different trades across our five regions, it’s more of a mixed bag, with 40% earning more, and 60 per cent feeling the pinch.

Looking at the biggest winners and losers, it shows how much regional variation comes into play with two trades appearing in both sections.

Winners:

  • Electricians in the North-East: Up 18%
  • Equipment & Operator Hire in the South-West: Up 17%
  • Steel & Timber Frame Erectors in the South-West: Up 17%

Losers:

  • M &E operatives in Midlands, North-East and South-West: Down 18%+
  • Steel & Timber Frame Erectors in the Midlands and South-East: Down 17%+
  • Equipment & Operator Hire in the North-East: Down 19%

Hudson Contract Managing Director David Jackson comments: “The Office for National Statistics is, as expected, reporting a decrease in construction output, so our own pay stats confirm the trend. I’m hoping the budget will bring more positive news – the Chancellor needs to produce something that will kick start construction again.

“The newly-announced Mortgage Indemnity Scheme seems to be a step in the right direction, as it will help builders and first-time buyers alike. Let’s hope there is more to follow.”
 

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 29th February 2012. www.hudsoncontract.co.uk

North East

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £416.52 £459.98 -9.45%
Civil Engineering £611.26 £669.64 -8.72%
Demolition £365.38 £405.21 -9.83%
Electrical £716.74 £608.45 17.80%
Equipment & Operator hire £527.40 £632.81 -16.66%
Fit out by specialist trades £719.55 £729.27 -1.33%
General Construction £581.18 £568.88 2.16%
Insulation £615.21 £601.54 2.27%
Joinery £555.08 £574.42 -3.37%
Mechanical £545.22 £673.27 -19.02%
Plastering £556.92 £616.74 -9.70%
Plumbing £702.84 £656.81 7.01%
Roofing £534.54 £529.11 1.03%
Scaffolding £445.51 £489.67 -9.02%
Shopfitting £817.25 £778.44 4.99%
Steel & Timber frame erect £675.75 £585.03 15.51%
Surfacing contractors £621.79 £642.25 -3.19%
Average £588.71 £601.27 -2.09%

North West

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £431.30 £499.26 -13.61%
Civil Engineering £547.52 £531.38 3.04%
Demolition £686.55 £690.01 -0.50%
Electrical £718.63 £763.18 -5.84%
Equipment & Operator hire £629.01 £606.69 3.68%
Fit out by specialist trades £731.34 £745.90 -1.95%
General Construction £589.90 £611.12 -3.47%
Insulation £629.38 £703.82 -10.58%
Joinery £483.31 £570.81 -15.33%
Mechanical £466.71 £466.40 0.07%
Plastering £487.56 £458.55 6.33%
Plumbing £582.19 £597.65 -2.59%
Roofing £800.58 £743.90 7.62%
Scaffolding £417.00 £412.31 1.14%
Shopfitting £849.58 £867.16 -2.03%
Steel & Timber frame erect £561.27 £539.25 4.08%
Surfacing contractors £616.96 £605.81 1.84%
Average £601.69 £612.54 -1.77%

Midlands

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £467.77 £573.40 -18.42%
Civil Engineering £704.90 £798.64 -11.74%
Demolition £564.84 £574.70 -1.72%
Electrical £634.95 £653.70 -2.87%
Equipment & Operator hire £531.84 £491.75 8.15%
Fit out by specialist trades £543.91 £559.90 -2.86%
General Construction £573.25 £573.63 -0.07%
Insulation £600.93 £609.94 -1.48%
Joinery £609.10 £634.85 -4.06%
Mechanical £773.52 £958.82 -19.33%
Plastering £528.97 £599.09 -11.70%
Plumbing £677.82 £677.30 0.08%
Roofing £446.25 £428.97 4.03%
Scaffolding £544.55 £547.07 -0.46%
Shopfitting £850.94 £792.53 7.37%
Steel & Timber frame erect £789.42 £963.72 -18.09%
Surfacing contractors £662.15 £648.14 2.16%
Average £617.95 £652.13 -5.24%

South East

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £511.76 £528.62 -3.19%
Civil Engineering £601.32 £646.82 -7.03%
Demolition £532.22 £520.55 2.24%
Electrical £817.77 £819.46 -0.21%
Equipment & Operator hire £666.26 £681.00 -2.16%
Fit out by specialist trades £726.67 £729.13 -0.34%
General Construction £641.94 £601.18 6.78%
Insulation £768.48 £662.88 15.93%
Joinery £659.06 £748.83 -11.99%
Mechanical £676.51 £732.80 -7.68%
Plastering £745.69 £694.15 7.42%
Plumbing £847.90 £807.26 5.03%
Roofing £548.14 £556.49 -1.50%
Scaffolding £571.92 £619.41 -7.67%
Shopfitting £844.30 £927.09 -8.93%
Steel & Timber frame erect £526.34 £637.26 -17.41%
Surfacing contractors £576.56 £591.12 -2.46%
Average £662.52 £676.71 -2.10%

South West

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £478.80 £502.22 -4.66%
Civil Engineering £537.22 £558.78 -3.86%
Demolition £579.54 £586.95 -1.26%
Electrical £622.63 £561.66 10.86%
Equipment & Operator hire £578.10 £492.68 17.34%
Fit out by specialist trades £747.89 £732.17 2.15%
General Construction £566.56 £620.47 -8.69%
Insulation £649.25 £625.98 3.72%
Joinery £457.40 £452.63 1.05%
Mechanical £481.48 £591.85 -18.65%
Plastering £861.08 £838.44 2.70%
Plumbing £555.59 £659.05 -15.70%
Roofing £518.04 £527.32 -1.76%
Scaffolding £597.16 £601.23 -0.68%
Shopfitting £1,095.58 £1,038.13 5.53%
Steel & Timber frame erect £666.30 £568.10 17.29%
Surfacing contractors £572.78 £572.48 0.05%
Average £621.49 £619.42 0.33%