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Sub-contractor Pay Trends August 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.

It’s been business as usual during August – which is to say three typical trends emerged:

  • No noticeable change in the national pay trends from July
  • The weather was a mix of sunshine and showers – very heavy in some places
  • Subbies took the opportunity to take time off and enjoy a summer holiday

“We see this every year,” observes Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield.  “August is always a holding month, before everyone gears up for a big push towards the Christmas break.”
The only exception to the rule came as welcome news in the North-East, where earnings jumped by over 5%, or £39 p.w.

National Weekly Average Earnings August 2017:  £852

Region August 2017 Average Change from July 2017
North East £740.00 +5.27%
North West £790.00 +2.03%
Yorkshire & Humber £803.00 +2.86%
East Midlands £867.00 +0.35%
West Midlands £876.00 -0.80%
Wales £774.00 +1.16%
East of England £930.00 -0.32%
London £848.00 -1.53%
South East £857.00 -1.40%
South West £760.00 -1.97%

Equally, earnings for individual trades showed less variation than usual during August.  This month’s winners are:

  • Shopfitting:  +3.0%

North-West and North-East leading the way

  • Plastering+2.4%

London and Wales shaping up nicely

  • Equipment & Operator Hire+2.2%

On the up in the East Midlands
Meanwhile, those in the South have taken a small hit:

  • Surfacing Contractors:  -1.8%

Wales hit hardest but still averaging over £1,200

  • Steel & Timber Frame Erection:  -1.2%

London and the South-East slowing down

  • Joinery:  -1.1%

Drop of £11-a-week
Nationally, the HS2 contracts – equating to £6.6bn – were signed during August, which is excellent news for the civil engineering sector. General activity, however, also indicates a summer slowdown, with activity at its lowest in the year during August.

According to the latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) reduced levels of commercial work failed to compensate continuing growth in housebuilding, whilst civils has been standing still.

“As time passes, the HS2 contract will certainly filter down to the tier two and three contractors, but the latest data indicates the industry as a whole is treading water,” Ian Anfield says. 

Housebuilding: Excellent progress over the past 12 months

“However it’s good to see the latest housebuilding data from the Department for Communities & Local Government shows 164,960 new homes were started in the year to June 2017.  That’s thirteen per cent up on the previous year and a big step in the right direction.

“September is now set to be a pivotal month, given that the PMI indicates the industry is bracing itself for a soft patch ahead.  It’s fair to say progress on the Brexit negotiations is going to play a role in determining whether projects go ahead or are put on hold”.

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

North East

NORTH EAST May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17 Aug-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £773  £865  £820  £824
ELECTRICAL  £671  £610  £704  £697
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £514  £393  £602
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £719  £719  £703  £762
INSULATION  £715  £674  £650  £722
PLASTERING  £561  £643  £651  £696
ROOFING  £916  £653  £524  £571
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £351  £372  £409  £401
SHOP FITTING  £724  £807  £547  £596
SPECIALIST TRADES  £631  £604  £632  £636

North West

NORTH WEST May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17 Aug-17
BRICKLAYING  £669  £719  £742  £776
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £720  £712  £761  £763
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £723  £776  £777  £792
ELECTRICAL  £800  £804  £814  £917
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £804  £787  £823  £794
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £757  £776  £777  £802
INSULATION  £1,225  £1,250  £1,373  £1,459
JOINERY  £742  £774  £851  £892
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £502  £543  £587  £633
PLASTERING  £536  £462  £776  £730
PLUMBING  £709  £686  £660  £735
ROOFING  £745  £814  £823  £786
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £561  £533  £606  £589
SHOP FITTING  £857  £1,079  £983  £1,155
SPECIALIST TRADES  £712  £718  £696  £793
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £561  £743  £662  £599
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £624  £614  £710  £691

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17 Aug-17
BRICKLAYING  £647  £629  £644  £733
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £681  £701  £726  £735
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £523  £516  £588  £540
ELECTRICAL  £814  £769  £828  £787
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £938  £969  £958  £992
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £745  £755  £761  £783
JOINERY  £791  £844  £873  £884
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £978  £966  £942  £959
PLASTERING  £735  £660  £682  £717
PLUMBING  £697  £674  £675  £671
ROOFING  £636  £667  £674  £675
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £516  £491  £510  £518
SHOP FITTING  £1,302  £1,067  £1,099  £1,144
SPECIALIST TRADES  £934  £893  £971  £994
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £813  £1,042  £894  £1,089
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £706  £856  £818  £897

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17 Aug-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £738  £749  £765  £776
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £605  £657  £691  £721
ELECTRICAL  £927  £979  £1,002  £1,075
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £981  £855  £941  £1,002
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £975  £983  £1,002  £974
INSULATION  £689  £718  £735  £754
JOINERY  £770  £786  £797  £750
PLASTERING  £705  £700  £730  £768
PLUMBING  £870  £900  £945  £984
ROOFING  £892  £948  £844  £873
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £767  £705  £763  £755
SHOP FITTING  £1,303  £1,326  £1,213  £1,246
SPECIALIST TRADES  £916  £823  £859  £999
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £1,209  £1,120  £1,221  £1,279
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £774  £806  £865  £838

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17 Aug-17
BRICKLAYING  £889  £810  £659  £453
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £842  £844  £880  £874
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £696  £736  £705  £686
ELECTRICAL  £1,079  £1,066  £1,104  £1,094
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £939  £872  £943  £954
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £809  £859  £873  £840
INSULATION  £816  £791  £763  £758
JOINERY  £888  £754  £780  £786
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £696  £716  £769  £1,448
PLASTERING  £680  £642  £672  £680
PLUMBING  £1,218  £1,183  £1,223  £1,142
ROOFING  £478  £470  £531  £520
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £679  £712  £660  £927
SHOP FITTING  £1,314  £1,136  £1,363  £1,490
SPECIALIST TRADES  £935  £861  £986  £986
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £686  £731  £797  £784

Wales

WALES May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17 Aug-17
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £660  £662  £717  £750
ELECTRICAL  £617  £617  £690  £673
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £1,183  £1,175  £1,282  £1,161
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £752  £769  £828  £853
JOINERY  £533  £392  £825  £479
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £512  £426  £326  £529
PLASTERING  £1,163  £1,050  £953  £1,290
PLUMBING  £769  £804  £849  £855
ROOFING  £520  £523  £509  £493
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £568  £603  £683  £666
SPECIALIST TRADES  £709  £754  £715  £636
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £600  £623  £607  £704
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £1,142  £1,472  £1,233

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17 Aug-17
BRICKLAYING  £714  £682  £751  £735
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £799  £814  £864  £851
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £638  £686  £648  £690
ELECTRICAL  £1,266  £1,287  £1,300  £1,282
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £913  £968  £945  £971
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £840  £849  £877  £889
INSULATION  £1,131  £1,238  £1,217  £1,157
JOINERY  £1,207  £1,282  £1,216  £1,243
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £989  £1,080  £1,068  £1,034
PLASTERING  £881  £1,022  £1,041  £1,013
PLUMBING  £1,409  £1,377  £1,363  £1,399
ROOFING  £719  £724  £767  £780
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £813  £809  £826  £813
SHOP FITTING  £1,184  £1,205  £1,169  £1,065
SPECIALIST TRADES  £892  £923  £980  £932
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £642  £721  £695  £729
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £652  £668  £708  £686

London

LONDON May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17 Aug-17
BRICKLAYING  £685  £683  £738  £716
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £765  £756  £785  £783
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £677  £956  £771  £484
ELECTRICAL  £953  £969  £1,000  £924
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £750  £753  £1,250  £938
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £907  £922  £948  £920
INSULATION  £821  £758  £1,017  £925
JOINERY  £1,139  £907  £1,106  £1,138
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £1,044  £1,087  £1,159  £1,106
PLASTERING  £1,138  £849  £615  £758
PLUMBING  £863  £856  £931  £928
ROOFING  £657  £636  £699  £697
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £1,166  £1,126  £1,121  £1,106
SHOP FITTING  £841  £718  £881  £688
SPECIALIST TRADES  £976  £973  £1,056  £1,011
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £732  £735  £794  £718
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £475  £500  £500  £550

South East

SOUTH EAST May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17 Aug-17
BRICKLAYING  £731  £726  £779  £765
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £724  £725  £743  £735
DEMOLITION & WRECKING  £1,163  £1,170  £1,187  £1,187
ELECTRICAL  £1,167  £1,122  £1,133  £1,099
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £751  £759  £791  £796
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £799  £801  £841  £831
INSULATION  £816  £808  £675  £675
JOINERY  £1,005  £980  £1,001  £960
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £1,089  £1,076  £1,021  £978
PLASTERING  £716  £748  £690  £751
PLUMBING  £955  £1,024  £1,073  £1,032
ROOFING  £693  £668  £723  £704
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING  £773  £770  £782  £774
SHOP FITTING  £1,279  £1,268  £1,315  £1,224
SPECIALIST TRADES  £814  £810  £892  £864
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION  £708  £687  £783  £744
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £798  £787  £797  £774

South West

SOUTH WEST May-17 Jun-17 Jul-17 Aug-17
BRICKLAYING  £300  £440  £500  £500
CIVIL ENGINEERING  £687  £682  £711  £694
ELECTRICAL  £718  £708  £717  £756
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE  £551  £571  £576  £568
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION  £796  £808  £819  £817
INSULATION  £1,112  £1,224  £1,289  £1,259
JOINERY  £1,096  £1,071  £1,067  £945
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING  £614  £637  £594  £655
PLASTERING  £791  £821  £779  £760
PLUMBING  £1,228  £1,025  £1,435  £1,269
ROOFING  £748  £762  £766  £794
SPECIALIST TRADES  £1,267  £1,175  £851  £855
SURFACING CONTRACTORS  £670  £645  £676  £644