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Sub-contractor Pay Trends August 2011

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 90,000 freelance builders to publish the average pay for the full spectrum of 17 different trades across five regions.

Just one look at this month’s pay statistics this month – and it’s clear that summer is here.  Rates are up across the country, with an average increase of over 5% compared to three months ago.

“The last time we saw a jump like this was twelve months ago,” comments Hudson Contract Managing Director David Jackson.  “It really does go to show that when the weather is good, the light is there, and there is work available, freelance builders have the opportunity to maximise their time and energy into work – and are rewarded accordingly.”

Trades that have seen the biggest jump in quarterly earnings are shopfitting, roofing and insulation, all with an average rise of more than 10%.  And in some parts of the country, the figure is even more dramatic:

  • Shopfitters:  South-West 20.44%, North-West 23.51%
  • Roofers:  South-West 13.09%, Midlands 17.88%
  • Insulation:  Midlands 16.03%, South-East 19.28%

This month’s highest-earning region is the South-East, with average earnings across all trades of £741.26.

And the losers?

“Out of the seventeen trades we monitor, the only one to report a decrease nationally is electrical,” David Jackson reports.  “Looking at the bigger picture, however, this month’s average earnings are almost back to the level of two years ago.  Is a more positive trend emerging?

Let’s hope so!”

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 July 2011.www.hudsoncontract.co.uk

North East

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £460.21 £483.12 -4.74%
Civil Engineering £614.05 £606.24 1.29%
Demolition £497.80 £485.94 2.44%
Electrical £638.42 £690.21 -7.50%
Equipment & Operator hire £674.72 £674.48 0.04%
Fit out by specialist trades £806.33 £793.66 1.60%
General Construction £615.64 £571.10 7.80%
Insulation £615.36 £558.24 10.23%
Joinery £542.25 £566.67 -4.31%
Mechanical £567.59 £476.13 19.21%
Plastering £577.28 £540.50 6.80%
Plumbing £569.20 £520.13 9.43%
Roofing £520.31 £456.88 13.88%
Scaffolding £442.49 £440.59 0.43%
Shopfitting £779.30 £678.52 14.85%
Steel & Timber frame erect £583.35 £582.65 0.12%
Surfacing contractors £641.21 £635.41 0.91%
Average £596.79 £574.15 3.94%

North West

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £500.36 £430.62 16.20%
Civil Engineering £634.88 £607.45 4.52%
Demolition £416.29 £398.69 4.41%
Electrical £679.40 £662.84 2.50%
Equipment & Operator hire £631.23 £555.18 13.70%
Fit out by specialist trades £634.87 £597.56 6.24%
General Construction £614.56 £574.49 6.97%
Insulation £845.72 £729.73 15.89%
Joinery £645.64 £541.11 19.32%
Mechanical £617.26 £643.62 -4.10%
Plastering £509.26 £481.34 5.80%
Plumbing £601.69 £619.12 -2.82%
Roofing £774.39 £693.54 11.66%
Scaffolding £498.60 £537.02 -7.15%
Shopfitting £921.17 £745.85 23.51%
Steel & Timber frame erect £510.98 £507.65 0.66%
Surfacing contractors £608.59 £575.56 5.74%
Average £626.17 £582.43 7.51%

Midlands

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £565.81 £524.16 7.95%
Civil Engineering £1,037.40 £998.84 3.86%
Demolition £304.67 £308.09 -1.11%
Electrical £700.52 £731.50 -4.24%
Equipment & Operator hire £681.15 £667.84 1.99%
Fit out by specialist trades £937.89 £839.71 11.69%
General Construction £672.52 £711.58 -5.49%
Insulation £597.47 £514.93 16.03%
Joinery £657.46 £652.47 0.76%
Mechanical £872.95 £739.16 18.10%
Plastering £610.90 £683.48 -10.62%
Plumbing £609.29 £618.69 -1.52%
Roofing £477.40 £404.99 17.88%
Scaffolding £538.55 £550.51 -2.17%
Shopfitting £1,265.34 £1,122.71 12.70%
Steel & Timber frame erect £601.30 £596.75 0.76%
Surfacing contractors £593.94 £562.24 5.64%
Average £689.68 £660.45 4.43%

South East

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £556.43 £524.82 6.02%
Civil Engineering £674.81 £641.17 5.25%
Demolition £522.49 £540.80 -3.39%
Electrical £970.00 £923.20 5.07%
Equipment & Operator hire £783.68 £700.74 11.84%
Fit out by specialist trades £778.62 £724.50 7.47%
General Construction £692.03 £669.57 3.35%
Insulation £802.58 £672.86 19.28%
Joinery £911.15 £870.69 4.65%
Mechanical £912.39 £896.06 1.82%
Plastering £656.71 £631.18 4.04%
Plumbing £1,055.04 £1,010.77 4.38%
Roofing £687.72 £627.38 9.62%
Scaffolding £643.66 £568.60 13.20%
Shopfitting £760.74 £871.70 -12.73%
Steel & Timber frame erect £601.63 £545.39 10.31%
Surfacing contractors £591.74 £510.70 15.87%
Average £741.26 £701.77 5.63%

South West

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £452.58 £446.09 1.45%
Civil Engineering £538.39 £614.00 -12.31%
Demolition £612.71 £522.36 17.30%
Electrical £622.00 £620.46 0.25%
Equipment & Operator hire £506.09 £450.16 12.42%
Fit out by specialist trades £645.32 £609.93 5.80%
General Construction £710.31 £601.99 17.99%
Insulation £625.91 £598.62 4.56%
Joinery £348.75 £330.60 5.49%
Mechanical £746.71 £779.52 -4.21%
Plastering £679.05 £566.27 19.92%
Plumbing £550.97 £585.10 -5.83%
Roofing £582.77 £511.69 13.89%
Scaffolding £630.36 £635.70 -0.84%
Shopfitting £972.12 £807.11 20.44%
Steel & Timber frame erect £660.43 £557.24 18.52%
Surfacing contractors £540.27 £646.99 -16.49%
Average £613.22 £581.40 5.47%