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Sub-contractor Pay Trends July 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 ten regions.

“So far, so good!” That seems to be the message for freelance builders across the country, as we enter the second half of 2017. National average earnings are currently £853 a week – an increase of exactly £100 compared to the start of the year.

Ian Anfield, Managing Director at Hudson Contract says: “July’s data reveals extremely healthy earnings growth of over 3.5%, with the average subbie being £30 better off than last month. The north east is the only region to buck the trend with a 2% reversal, but even after that, freelance builders are still better off than they were in May.”

National weekly average earnings July 2017: £853

Region July 2017 average Change from June 2017
North East £701.00 -2.14%
North West £774.00 4.39%
Yorkshire & Humber £780.00 2.44%
East Midlands £864.00 3.13%
West Midlands £883.00 3.96%
Wales £765.00 8.50%
East of England £933.00 3.11%
London £861.00 3.95%
South East £869.00 4.03%
South West £775.00 2.19%

Individual trades:  winners and Losers:
Nationally this month’s winners are:

  • Bricklaying:  +7.0%

The barometer of the industry, up £22 on last year’s peak

  • Specialist trades+6.5%

South East and West Midlands lead the way

  • Surfacing contractors+6.0%

Wales and the North West enjoy a lucrative month

At the other end of the scale only two trades report overall reductions:

  • Shopfitting:  -0.5%

Fractional decrease – but still earning £1,000+pw on average

  • Mechanical & engineering-0.4%

Down by £4 on June

While it has been a good month for Hudson Contract operatives, this month’s national snapshot is less optimistic, with July turning out to be the slowest month for growth in almost five years.

The latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers Index put the figures down to a slowdown in commercial building and housing activity with civil engineering the only sector to show an upturn. 

“Concerns about the economic outlook and heightened Brexit uncertainty seem to be front of mind,” Ian Anfield adds.  “Construction seems to be taking a cautious view at the moment with companies increasingly reluctant to spend and taking longer in committing to new projects, amid the feeling that next year may be particularly difficult for the industry.  Fingers crossed that this is nothing more than a blip, rather than the start of a new downward trend.”

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

North East

NORTH EAST Apr-17 May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING £773 £773 £865 £820
ELECTRICAL £746 £671 £610 £704
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £466 £514 £393 £602
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £732 £719 £719 £703
INSULATION £654 £715 £674 £650
PLASTERING £594 £561 £643 £651
ROOFING £854 £916 £653 £524
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £381 £351 £372 £409
SHOP FITTING £614 £724 £807 £547
SPECIALIST TRADES £505 £631 £604 £632

North West

NORTH WEST Apr-17 May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17
BRICKLAYING £688 £669 £719 £742
CIVIL ENGINEERING £679 £720 £712 £761
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £699 £723 £776 £777
ELECTRICAL £749 £800 £804 £814
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £671 £804 £787 £823
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £780 £757 £776 £777
INSULATION £1,266 £1,225 £1,250 £1,373
JOINERY £727 £742 £774 £851
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £515 £502 £543 £587
PLASTERING £515 £536 £462 £776
PLUMBING £588 £709 £686 £660
ROOFING £772 £745 £814 £823
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £496 £561 £533 £606
SHOP FITTING £918 £857 £1,079 £983
SPECIALIST TRADES £734 £712 £718 £696
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £650 £561 £743 £662
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £548 £624 £614 £710

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Apr-17 May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17
BRICKLAYING £660 £647 £629 £644
CIVIL ENGINEERING £670 £681 £701 £726
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £486 £523 £516 £588
ELECTRICAL £799 £814 £769 £828
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £893 £938 £969 £958
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £707 £745 £755 £761
JOINERY £760 £791 £844 £873
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £943 £978 £966 £942
PLASTERING £692 £735 £660 £682
PLUMBING £685 £697 £674 £675
ROOFING £635 £636 £667 £674
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £513 £516 £491 £510
SHOP FITTING £1,111 £1,302 £1,067 £1,099
SPECIALIST TRADES £954 £934 £893 £971
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £927 £813 £1,042 £894
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £748 £706 £856 £818

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Apr-17 May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING £712 £738 £749 £765
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £583 £605 £657 £691
ELECTRICAL £930 £927 £979 £1,002
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £915 £981 £855 £941
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £969 £975 £983 £1,002
INSULATION £696 £689 £718 £735
JOINERY £752 £770 £786 £797
PLASTERING £693 £705 £700 £730
PLUMBING £867 £870 £900 £945
ROOFING £756 £892 £948 £844
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £724 £767 £705 £763
SHOP FITTING £1,465 £1,303 £1,326 £1,213
SPECIALIST TRADES £887 £916 £823 £859
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £862 £1,209 £1,120 £1,221
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £740 £774 £806 £865

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Apr-17 May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17
BRICKLAYING £691 £889 £810 £659
CIVIL ENGINEERING £835 £842 £844 £880
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £685 £696 £736 £705
ELECTRICAL £1,126 £1,079 £1,066 £1,104
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £854 £939 £872 £943
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £818 £809 £859 £873
INSULATION £624 £816 £791 £763
JOINERY £804 £888 £754 £780
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £705 £696 £716 £769
PLASTERING £616 £680 £642 £672
PLUMBING £980 £1,218 £1,183 £1,223
ROOFING £557 £478 £470 £531
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £696 £679 £712 £660
SHOP FITTING £1,086 £1,314 £1,136 £1,363
SPECIALIST TRADES £959 £935 £861 £986
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £736 £686 £731 £797

Wales

WALES Apr-17 May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING £671 £660 £662 £717
ELECTRICAL £697 £617 £617 £690
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,221 £1,183 £1,175 £1,282
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £742 £752 £769 £828
JOINERY £341 £533 £392 £825
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £427 £512 £426 £326
PLASTERING £1,200 £1,163 £1,050 £953
PLUMBING £840 £769 £804 £849
ROOFING £496 £520 £523 £509
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £620 £568 £603 £683
SPECIALIST TRADES £698 £709 £754 £715
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £596 £600 £623 £607
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,830 £1,142 £1,472

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Apr-17 May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17
BRICKLAYING £706 £714 £682 £751
CIVIL ENGINEERING £775 £799 £814 £864
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £653 £638 £686 £648
ELECTRICAL £1,224 £1,266 £1,287 £1,300
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £910 £913 £968 £945
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £838 £840 £849 £877
INSULATION £1,210 £1,131 £1,238 £1,217
JOINERY £1,094 £1,207 £1,282 £1,216
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £886 £989 £1,080 £1,068
PLASTERING £1,006 £881 £1,022 £1,041
PLUMBING £1,358 £1,409 £1,377 £1,363
ROOFING £703 £719 £724 £767
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £753 £813 £809 £826
SHOP FITTING £1,253 £1,184 £1,205 £1,169
SPECIALIST TRADES £950 £892 £923 £980
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £626 £642 £721 £695
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £621 £652 £668 £708

London

LONDON Apr-17 May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17
BRICKLAYING £673 £685 £683 £738
CIVIL ENGINEERING £730 £765 £756 £785
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £465 £677 £956 £771
ELECTRICAL £912 £953 £969 £1,000
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,512 £750 £753 £1,250
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £887 £907 £922 £948
INSULATION £830 £821 £758 £1,017
JOINERY £918 £1,139 £907 £1,106
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,041 £1,044 £1,087 £1,159
PLASTERING £1,104 £1,138 £849 £615
PLUMBING £905 £863 £856 £931
ROOFING £769 £657 £636 £699
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,098 £1,166 £1,126 £1,121
SHOP FITTING £963 £841 £718 £881
SPECIALIST TRADES £900 £976 £973 £1,056
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £639 £732 £735 £794
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,403 £475 £500 £500

South East

SOUTH EAST Apr-17 May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17
BRICKLAYING £741 £731 £726 £779
CIVIL ENGINEERING £695 £724 £725 £743
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,161 £1,163 £1,170 £1,187
ELECTRICAL £1,186 £1,167 £1,122 £1,133
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £745 £751 £759 £791
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £790 £799 £801 £841
INSULATION £692 £816 £808 £675
JOINERY £978 £1,005 £980 £1,001
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,011 £1,089 £1,076 £1,021
PLASTERING £637 £716 £748 £690
PLUMBING £1,016 £955 £1,024 £1,073
ROOFING £663 £693 £668 £723
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £746 £773 £770 £782
SHOP FITTING £1,255 £1,279 £1,268 £1,315
SPECIALIST TRADES £744 £814 £810 £892
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £700 £708 £687 £783
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £716 £798 £787 £797

South West

SOUTH WEST Apr-17 May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17
BRICKLAYING £300 £300 £440 £500
CIVIL ENGINEERING £647 £687 £682 £711
ELECTRICAL £668 £718 £708 £717
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £532 £551 £571 £576
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £774 £796 £808 £819
INSULATION £1,198 £1,112 £1,224 £1,289
JOINERY £1,063 £1,096 £1,071 £1,067
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £557 £614 £637 £594
PLASTERING £756 £791 £821 £779
PLUMBING £1,137 £1,228 £1,025 £1,435
ROOFING £730 £748 £762 £766
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,072 £1,267 £1,175 £851
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £613 £670 £645 £676