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Sub-contractor Pay Trends April 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.

For the first time in three months, average earnings are up across every region. Not by much – just half a percent across the country – but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Hudson Contract’s latest figures reveal:

  • Mixed fortunes amongst the various trade groups – with room for cautious optimism. 54% of trades across the country earned more this month, and of these, almost 40% are now earning about ten per cent more than they were three months ago.
  • Joiners are in demand, with pay rates consistently up across the country, ranging from a 0.41% increase in the South-East to an extra 22% in the South-West. Although having said that, joiners were, in fact, the worst paid trade group in the South-West, earning £458 as against a weekly average of £634.
  • Freelance builders in the South-East are better paid than their regional counterparts, with average weekly earnings of £670.
  • Shopfitters in the South-West are the only regional trade group with four-figure earnings: £1,128 a week.

There is also good news from the latest Markit/CIPS Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index, published at the end of March. The numbers echo the positive trend, reporting:

  1. New orders are rising fastest than at any time since September 2007.
  2. Growth in the industry has been maintained for a six month period.

The Office for National Statistics has also just published its state-of-the-construction-industry figures. These paint a slightly different picture, reporting that output has fallen in both the new work and repair and maintenance sectors for the six months to January 2012, and that year-on-year, output is also down by 2.3%.

So which figures should you believe? Hudson Contract Managing Director David Jackson confesses: “I think the key message that comes out of these industry reports is that frankly, we don’t know. There is continuing uncertainty across construction, especially when you consider that even when new orders have been won, there is often a substantial lead time before the work is actually started.

“Then again, we have just had the best March weather for many years, and as we all know, that means greater opportunities to work. So yes, it’s encouraging to see earnings rising, but it’s too soon to hope for a trend – it’s very much watch this space.”

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 March 2012.www.hudsoncontract.co.uk

North East

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £433.00 £462.16 -6.31%
Civil Engineering £685.22 £586.91 16.75%
Demolition £395.64 £408.93 -3.25%
Electrical £743.52 £632.76 17.50%
Equipment & Operator hire £539.31 £516.01 4.52%
Fit out by specialist trades £670.04 £684.03 -2.05%
General Construction £585.51 £631.83 -7.33%
Insulation £621.93 £615.26 1.08%
Joinery £546.13 £472.92 15.48%
Mechanical £541.54 £678.50 -20.19%
Plastering £569.53 £630.50 -9.67%
Plumbing £615.33 £666.52 -7.68%
Roofing £543.53 £520.95 4.33%
Scaffolding £462.42 £465.02 -0.56%
Shopfitting £809.32 £722.15 12.07%
Steel & Timber frame erect £641.45 £658.66 -2.61%
Surfacing contractors £584.94 £564.95 3.54%
Average £587.55 £583.42 0.71%

North West

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £491.58 £427.44 15.01%
Civil Engineering £580.58 £576.86 0.64%
Demolition £711.30 £660.32 7.72%
Electrical £774.81 £898.27 -13.74%
Equipment & Operator hire £580.84 £675.96 -14.07%
Fit out by specialist trades £814.06 £720.18 13.04%
General Construction £569.20 £611.35 -6.89%
Insulation £735.63 £785.31 -6.33%
Joinery £568.15 £535.80 6.04%
Mechanical £590.35 £520.81 13.35%
Plastering £488.11 £425.39 14.74%
Plumbing £592.14 £571.36 3.64%
Roofing £714.43 £609.20 17.27%
Scaffolding £400.13 £454.84 -12.03%
Shopfitting £791.57 £953.73 -17.00%
Steel & Timber frame erect £562.91 £531.69 5.87%
Surfacing contractors £682.16 £632.56 7.84%
Average £626.35 £623.00 0.54%

Midlands

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £556.95 £593.25 -6.12%
Civil Engineering £699.03 £688.12 1.59%
Demolition £570.68 £649.78 -12.17%
Electrical £677.33 £687.24 -1.44%
Equipment & Operator hire £508.25 £541.75 -6.18%
Fit out by specialist trades £563.29 £540.83 4.15%
General Construction £591.09 £562.85 5.02%
Insulation £583.86 £581.62 0.39%
Joinery £636.01 £602.15 5.62%
Mechanical £814.44 £730.13 11.55%
Plastering £595.98 £716.41 -16.81%
Plumbing £617.57 £561.40 10.01%
Roofing £431.36 £439.28 -1.80%
Scaffolding £585.41 £581.00 0.76%
Shopfitting £971.02 £852.94 13.84%
Steel & Timber frame erect £780.30 £779.20 0.14%
Surfacing contractors £694.24 £654.84 6.02%
Average £639.81 £633.11 1.06%

South East

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £572.65 £557.98 2.63%
Civil Engineering £638.56 £675.18 -5.42%
Demolition £594.27 £499.66 18.93%
Electrical £779.71 £837.03 -6.85%
Equipment & Operator hire £674.64 £674.71 -0.01%
Fit out by specialist trades £671.82 £638.51 5.22%
General Construction £620.60 £647.30 -4.12%
Insulation £788.47 £657.21 19.97%
Joinery £642.87 £640.25 0.41%
Mechanical £672.04 £789.32 -14.86%
Plastering £729.73 £767.59 -4.93%
Plumbing £873.93 £787.22 11.01%
Roofing £592.03 £587.51 0.77%
Scaffolding £615.84 £603.58 2.03%
Shopfitting £823.71 £888.56 -7.30%
Steel & Timber frame erect £530.04 £581.16 -8.80%
Surfacing contractors £582.13 £566.60 2.74%
Average £670.77 £670.55 0.03%

South West

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £514.35 £457.41 12.45%
Civil Engineering £560.07 £572.13 -2.11%
Demolition £571.21 £594.21 -3.87%
Electrical £602.67 £615.01 -2.01%
Equipment & Operator hire £554.56 £473.51 17.12%
Fit out by specialist trades £766.25 £705.60 8.60%
General Construction £591.39 £670.93 -11.86%
Insulation £629.52 £615.98 2.20%
Joinery £458.49 £375.24 22.19%
Mechanical £589.29 £639.64 -7.87%
Plastering £848.56 £793.20 6.98%
Plumbing £621.00 £571.00 8.76%
Roofing £549.05 £607.27 -9.59%
Scaffolding £546.07 £605.92 -9.88%
Shopfitting £1,128.53 £1,145.91 -1.52%
Steel & Timber frame erect £713.75 £734.00 -2.76%
Surfacing contractors £535.15 £590.95 -9.44%
Average £634.11 £633.41 0.11%