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Sub-contractor Pay Trends February 2017

Hudson Contract delivers the most accurate indications of pay trends across the construction industry, using payroll data from more than 2,200 construction companies to publish the average pay for a spectrum of 17 different trades and split across 10 regions.

It’s back to ‘business as usual’ this month, with earnings pushing back towards pre-Christmas levels after their seasonal January dip. And more importantly in terms of the general trend, February’s earnings are up 4 per cent year-on-year.

“The monthly rise across all regions averages out at about 10 per cent, which is equivalent to almost £90 a week,” says Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield. “That’s significant, and higher than we anticipated, given that Storm Doris wiped out work on so many sites during February. Firms seem to be shrugging off their post-Brexit uncertainties and moving forward with increased confidence.”

National weekly average earnings February 2017: £842

Individual trades: winners and losers:

Nationally this month’s winners are:

  • Demolition and wrecking: +24%

Those in the south east leading the way

  • Insulation: +22%

South west and east of England with the biggest gains

  • Steel and timber frame erection: +16%

East Midlands building a strong start to the year

Only plastering is showing a decrease nationally this month, and then only fractionally, at less than 1 per cent or £6.00 per week.

Looking at the wider perspective, the latest Markit/CIPS survey echoes Hudson Contract’s latest data. The ‘Confidence Index’ remains in positive territory, with output increasing slightly due to an upturn in the civil engineering sector.

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

North East

NORTH EAST Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £805  £895  £724  £837
ELECTRICAL  £607  £641  £619  £694
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £714  £745  £648  £687
INSULATION  £715  £724  £627  £708
PLASTERING  £638  £643  £636  £642
ROOFING  £968  £1,012  £466  £586
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £459  £421  £405  £411
SHOP FITTING  £739  £738  £655  £733
SPECIALIST TRADES  £502  £620  £643  £665

North West

NORTH WEST Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17
BRICKLAYING  £661  £697  £660  £690
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £733  £759  £661  £737
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £776  £868  £783  £826
ELECTRICAL  £869  £855  £761  £791
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £812  £942  £708  £740
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £755  £814  £685  £752
INSULATION  £1,253  £1,150  £1,000  £1,307
JOINERY  £720  £737  £681  £780
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £549  £595  £531  £569
PLASTERING  £550  £550  £477  £733
PLUMBING  £646  £794  £688  £791
ROOFING  £913  £934  £783  £869
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £501  £518  £475  £524
SHOP FITTING  £1,113  £1,207  £1,009  £930
SPECIALIST TRADES  £730  £737  £690  £839
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £884  £741  £608  £671
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £642  £647  £580  £579

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17
BRICKLAYING  £726  £647  £593  £612
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £698  £720  £690  £728
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £520  £560  £497  £546
ELECTRICAL  £852  £831  £815  £850
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £848  £831  £735  £822
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £772  £792  £685  £760
JOINERY  £780  £899  £743  £932
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £1,024  £974  £811  £940
PLASTERING  £741  £778  £715  £695
PLUMBING  £746  £730  £807  £702
ROOFING  £731  £722  £609  £646
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £528  £552  £448  £552
SHOP FITTING  £1,305  £1,454  £890  £1,037
SPECIALIST TRADES  £923  £906  £754  £951
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £1,200  £1,242  £1,010  £949
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £806  £822  £683  £821

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £756  £776  £705  £776
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £648  £654  £567  £631
ELECTRICAL  £979  £1,017  £776  £973
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £856  £879  £953  £903
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £992  £993  £849  £1,010
INSULATION  £842  £814  £651  £728
JOINERY  £814  £796  £799  £843
PLASTERING  £734  £791  £711  £721
PLUMBING  £929  £858  £837  £886
ROOFING  £795  £871  £837  £844
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £743  £704  £654  £729
SHOP FITTING  £1,118  £1,274  £1,245  £1,156
SPECIALIST TRADES  £801  £905  £827  £893
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £1,445  £1,491  £538  £1,039
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £811  £835  £677  £798

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17
BRICKLAYING  £571  £719  £683  £699
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £839  £885  £765  £869
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £922  £704  £603  £676
ELECTRICAL  £1,196  £1,122  £1,027  £1,153
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £799  £837  £779  £918
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £819  £853  £792  £844
INSULATION  £747  £800  £714  £738
JOINERY  £696  £742  £699  £815
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £771  £637  £742  £816
PLASTERING  £669  £756  £650  £710
PLUMBING  £1,189  £1,372  £1,163  £1,288
ROOFING  £512  £525  £594  £550
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £516  £590  £908  £795
SHOP FITTING  £1,413  £1,236  £1,326  £1,305
SPECIALIST TRADES  £977  £1,016  £702  £943
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £745  £794  £611  £781

Wales

WALES Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £701  £734  £573  £693
ELECTRICAL  £773  £690  £951  £617
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £1,319  £1,327  £1,322  £1,381
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £811  £813  £791  £808
JOINERY  £1,027  £555  £722  £420
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £655  £574  £481  £545
PLUMBING  £839  £948  £758  £824
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £687  £696  £516  £639
SPECIALIST TRADES  £782  £707  £743  £709
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £646  £588  £666  £706

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17
BRICKLAYING  £699  £724  £620  £706
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £839  £852  £773  £838
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £615  £613  £561  £627
ELECTRICAL  £1,252  £1,283  £1,129  £1,258
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £935  £938  £885  £881
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £859  £887  £798  £876
INSULATION  £1,215  £1,199  £870  £1,220
JOINERY  £1,186  £1,126  £1,038  £1,115
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £905  £925  £827  £915
PLASTERING  £894  £932  £1,025  £962
PLUMBING  £1,486  £1,474  £1,142  £1,428
ROOFING  £740  £816  £632  £709
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £795  £830  £714  £788
SHOP FITTING  £1,167  £1,209  £983  £1,149
SPECIALIST TRADES  £874  £952  £933  £970
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £680  £690  £716  £688
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £681  £699  £623  £685

London

LONDON Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17
BRICKLAYING  £681  £729  £583  £672
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £791  £771  £727  £797
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £848  £929  £763  £820
ELECTRICAL  £979  £920  £855  £918
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £1,464  £1,069  £1,301  £1,317
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £895  £921  £798  £925
INSULATION  £923  £738  £661  £811
JOINERY  £1,038  £1,112  £831  £928
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £1,119  £1,169  £1,058  £1,076
PLASTERING  £1,112  £1,028  £942  £932
PLUMBING  £905  £983  £841  £937
ROOFING  £672  £848  £649  £671
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £1,109  £1,118  £983  £1,149
SHOP FITTING  £782  £1,038  £913  £765
SPECIALIST TRADES  £970  £985  £860  £982
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £987  £746  £737  £718
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £475  £540  £400  £425

South East

SOUTH EAST Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17
BRICKLAYING  £746  £713  £584  £720
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £733  £747  £665  £748
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £1,166  £1,124  £879  £1,276
ELECTRICAL  £1,358  £1,236  £1,185  £1,236
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £796  £804  £857  £812
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £828  £857  £756  £829
INSULATION  £583  £754  £709  £725
JOINERY  £1,072  £1,071  £886  £1,017
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £1,003  £1,014  £936  £994
PLASTERING  £735  £716  £585  £687
PLUMBING  £1,071  £1,109  £979  £1,048
ROOFING  £713  £690  £609  £683
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £787  £790  £686  £773
SHOP FITTING  £1,297  £1,208  £788  £1,148
SPECIALIST TRADES  £772  £835  £787  £742
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £711  £810  £629  £789
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £865  £933  £678  £768

South West

SOUTH WEST Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17
BRICKLAYING  £475  £625  £433  £450
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £712  £782  £621  £696
ELECTRICAL  £631  £698  £631  £666
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £625  £595  £562  £627
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £783  £879  £748  £824
INSULATION  £1,314  £1,036  £955  £1,364
JOINERY  £1,133  £1,194  £1,131  £1,131
PLASTERING  £676  £757  £636  £688
PLUMBING  £1,376  £1,329  £1,159  £1,090
ROOFING  £711  £799  £699  £709
SPECIALIST TRADES  £1,007  £1,339  £1,105  £1,017
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £630  £662  £600  £635