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Sub-contractor Pay Trends November 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 10 regions.

October’s jump in earnings has been sustained as we head into winter.

“The national average is up by four pounds a week,” says Hudson Contract Managing Director, Ian Anfield. “Given the negativity that’s been running through the industry at national level, I think it’s significant because it demonstrates there’s been no retreat from the gains that have been made this autumn. Our clients have also reported a big jump in the volume of business towards the end of November.” 

Freelance builders in all regions except the South West earned more this month than in October. Standout performance was in the North East, where pay rates rose by a 2.4% – on top of a 6.7% pay jump in October.

National Weekly Average Earnings November 2017:  £870

Region November 2017
Average
Change from
October 2017
North East £780.00 +2.44%
North West £762.00 +0.52%
Yorkshire & Humber £830.00 +0.84%
East Midlands £905.00 +1.88%
West Midlands £898.00 +0.00%
Wales £787.00 +0.76%
East of England £942.00 +0.53%
London £874.00 +0.69%
South East £886.00 +0.68%
South West £779.00 -2.18%

Looking at the trends on a trade-by-trade basis, this month’s winners are:

  • Steel & Timber Frame Erection:  +6.6%
  • Bouncing back from last month’s losses
  • Mechanical & Engineering:  +5.4%
  • Strong gains in the North West
  • Demolition & Wrecking:  +3.0%
  • Paving the way for new projects

And the losers – but not by much:

  • Joinery:  -1.8%
  • Losses in London
  • Scaffolding & Lifting:  -0.8%
  • Down £7 on October
  • Shopfitting:  -0.7%
  • Down . . . but still over £1,100 on average

The national picture reflects Hudson Contract’s continued faith in the sector and its prospects, with the latest IHS Markit/CIPS data recording increased momentum and an unexpected growth surge, driven mostly by house building.

“Civil engineering remains very slow, but the budget held some good news for the construction industry, along with some well-deserved cash and investment injections, so hopefully that will help turn the corner back into growth,” Ian Anfield says. 

“As we head towards 2018 with progress in the Brexit negotiations, it’s seems more likely that private sector investment in the UK will take off again and deliver a shot in the arm for the commercial sector.

“More immediately, and despite the threat of snow in some areas, our clients are making a real push towards completing projects by the end of the year, and I expect this to be reflected in next month’s trends.”

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North East

NORTH EAST Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING £824 £814 £836 £845
ELECTRICAL £697 £666 £789 £810
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £537 £541 £585
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £762 £736 £762 £759
INSULATION £722 £636 £748 £720
PLASTERING £696 £631 £707 £781
ROOFING £571 £497 £966 £1,016
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £401 £421 £427 £465
SHOP FITTING £596 £554 £712 £766
SPECIALIST TRADES £636 £663 £580 £589

North West

NORTH WEST Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17
BRICKLAYING £776 £696 £730 £751
CIVIL ENGINEERING £763 £731 £727 £725
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £792 £797 £793 £827
ELECTRICAL £917 £845 £878 £858
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £794 £723 £756 £851
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £802 £754 £734 £748
INSULATION £1,459 £1,002 £1,341 £1,203
JOINERY £892 £778 £813 £784
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £633 £638 £708 £1,222
PLASTERING £730 £612 £708 £651
PLUMBING £735 £765 £746 £818
ROOFING £786 £791 £837 £862
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £589 £581 £583 £582
SHOP FITTING £1,155 £1,065 £1,194 £1,170
SPECIALIST TRADES £793 £791 £873 £853
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £599 £596 £817 £601
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £691 £706 £702 £712

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17
BRICKLAYING £733 £680 £746 £759
CIVIL ENGINEERING £735 £719 £770 £783
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £540 £520 £578 £539
ELECTRICAL £787 £849 £850 £854
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £992 £993 £1,044 £979
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £783 £767 £804 £816
JOINERY £884 £901 £812 £847
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £959 £849 £915 £958
PLASTERING £717 £669 £770 £714
PLUMBING £671 £627 £621 £701
ROOFING £675 £703 £717 £747
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £518 £531 £576 £550
SHOP FITTING £1,144 £1,177 £1,259 £1,249
SPECIALIST TRADES £994 £867 £943 £953
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,089 £866 £873 £955
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £897 £866 £852 £904

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING £776 £766 £774 £800
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £721 £698 £730 £740
ELECTRICAL £1,075 £1,091 £1,139 £1,079
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,002 £881 £828 £983
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £974 £1,016 £1,049 £1,043
INSULATION £754 £763 £807 £849
JOINERY £750 £765 £813 £802
PLASTERING £768 £693 £733 £687
PLUMBING £984 £931 £917 £1,001
ROOFING £873 £901 £977 £882
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £755 £777 £761 £802
SHOP FITTING £1,246 £1,486 £1,367 £1,498
SPECIALIST TRADES £999 £945 £841 £950
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,279 £1,204 £897 £957
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £838 £829 £850 £866

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17
BRICKLAYING £453 £387 £385 £394
CIVIL ENGINEERING £874 £852 £895 £902
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £686 £655 £666 £674
ELECTRICAL £1,094 £1,093 £1,106 £1,115
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £954 £853 £932 £936
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £840 £836 £889 £845
INSULATION £758 £757 £690 £802
JOINERY £786 £831 £912 £897
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,448 £1,499 £1,156 £1,279
PLASTERING £680 £649 £658 £743
PLUMBING £1,142 £1,249 £1,318 £1,202
ROOFING £520 £501 £555 £565
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £927 £838 £787 £979
SHOP FITTING £1,490 £1,384 £1,297 £1,415
SPECIALIST TRADES £986 £945 £939 £960
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £784 £758 £819 £795

Wales

WALES Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING £750 £726 £726 £734
ELECTRICAL £673 £767 £696 £641
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,161 £1,126 £1,293 £1,276
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £853 £799 £924 £914
JOINERY £479 £533 £530 £575
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £529 £530 £492 £543
PLASTERING £1,290 £1,200 £1,230 £1,393
PLUMBING £855 £856 £840 £850
ROOFING £493 £533 £538 £558
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £666 £673 £703 £708
SPECIALIST TRADES £636 £710 £766 £707
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £704 £650 £574 £585
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,233 £1,239 £1,191 £1,391

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17
BRICKLAYING £735 £715 £750 £754
CIVIL ENGINEERING £851 £835 £865 £886
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £690 £654 £669 £653
ELECTRICAL £1,282 £1,242 £1,289 £1,298
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £971 £950 £982 £953
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £889 £867 £914 £933
INSULATION £1,157 £1,142 £1,284 £1,336
JOINERY £1,243 £1,175 £1,270 £1,333
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,034 £976 £1,011 £1,062
PLASTERING £1,013 £869 £860 £848
PLUMBING £1,399 £1,373 £1,309 £1,323
ROOFING £780 £767 £785 £794
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £813 £810 £866 £862
SHOP FITTING £1,065 £1,264 £1,351 £1,194
SPECIALIST TRADES £932 £952 £971 £921
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £729 £638 £657 £754
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £686 £698 £698 £697

London

LONDON Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17
BRICKLAYING £716 £714 £792 £777
CIVIL ENGINEERING £783 £775 £803 £811
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £484 £1,135 £853 £854
ELECTRICAL £924 £973 £954 £984
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £938 £938 £1,199 £750
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £920 £904 £941 £946
INSULATION £925 £983 £936 £1,040
JOINERY £1,138 £1,050 £1,201 £1,067
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,106 £1,095 £1,147 £1,202
PLASTERING £758 £1,071 £1,105 £1,181
PLUMBING £928 £918 £1,010 £1,027
ROOFING £697 £682 £678 £665
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,106 £1,064 £1,145 £1,079
SHOP FITTING £688 £856 £751 £650
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,011 £987 £1,009 £1,041
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £718 £712 £781 £884
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £550 £463 £550 £643

South East

SOUTH EAST Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17
BRICKLAYING £765 £753 £813 £799
CIVIL ENGINEERING £735 £729 £767 £784
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,187 £1,227 £1,250 £1,287
ELECTRICAL £1,099 £1,110 £1,132 £1,157
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £796 £769 £782 £827
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £831 £817 £848 £839
INSULATION £675 £695 £691 £768
JOINERY £960 £1,010 £1,095 £1,120
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £978 £1,085 £1,118 £1,101
PLASTERING £751 £677 £658 £716
PLUMBING £1,032 £993 £1,010 £1,021
ROOFING £704 £727 £735 £778
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £774 £765 £799 £792
SHOP FITTING £1,224 £1,336 £1,249 £1,254
SPECIALIST TRADES £864 £776 £845 £819
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £744 £676 £739 £751
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £774 £750 £753 £838

South West

SOUTH WEST Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17
BRICKLAYING £500 £500 £500 £500
CIVIL ENGINEERING £694 £690 £710 £705
ELECTRICAL £756 £726 £722 £712
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £568 £581 £532 £538
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £817 £788 £838 £817
INSULATION £1,259 £1,309 £1,312 £1,248
JOINERY £945 £1,011 £1,090 £1,085
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £655 £672 £733 £680
PLASTERING £760 £730 £736 £810
PLUMBING £1,269 £1,210 £1,314 £1,294
ROOFING £794 £740 £821 £792
SPECIALIST TRADES £855 £821 £1,103 £1,091
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £644 £638 £643 £645