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Sub-contractor Pay Trends October 2011

Hudson Contract delivers the most accurate indications of pay trends across the construction industry, using payroll data for over 1,500 construction companies and over 95,000 freelance builders to publish the average pay for the full spectrum of 17 different trades across five regions.

Something of a mixed bag this month – although perhaps contrary to expectation, both our northern regions show an increase in average earnings, whilst average pay is declining everywhere else.

"Broadly speaking, average pay is at the same level as three months ago," comments Hudson Contract Managing Director David Jackson. "Perhaps this mirrors all the talk and speculation that seems to be preparing the country for a double dip recession. Everyone seems nervous about what's coming next."

In construction, the recession has now lasted for almost four years, with the latest quarterly survey from the Federation of Master Builders reporting their members' work has been declining since January 2008.

"I share their view that there has never been a time when our industry has been so badly affected by the prevailing economic climate." David Jackson continues. "Recent research from Deloitte shows an 11 per cent increase in construction and property firm administrations in the last quarter. So it may well get worse before things pick up again."

An additional 5,079 freelance builders sign with Hudson Contract this quarter
So far as Hudson Contract is concerned, July, August and September have combined to generate a further quarter of growth, with 82 new clients signing up to join the Hudson Contract family. "This in turn means an additional 5,079 freelance builders have signed Hudson Contracts and started work on our clients' sites," says David Jackson.

"With weather forecasters predicting we're in for another tough winter, flexibility will be key over the coming months. It's one of the prime reasons why so many contractors partner with Hudson Contract – they know that with us, they can safely engage labour-only subbies as and when needed, instead of carrying the sort of fixed overheads that can be the final straw, and force firms into administration."

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 30th September 2011. www.hudsoncontract.co.uk

North East

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £408.89 £437.73 -6.59%
Civil Engineering £585.82 £621.72 -5.77%
Demolition £502.87 £479.75 4.82%
Electrical £580.35 £500.95 15.85%
Equipment & Operator hire £520.54 £593.89 -12.35%
Fit out by specialist trades £670.99 £673.61 -0.39%
General Construction £559.88 £594.85 -5.88%
Insulation £642.15 £621.87 3.26%
Joinery £470.25 £470.73 -0.10%
Mechanical £665.24 £578.20 15.05%
Plastering £614.33 £536.99 14.40%
Plumbing £461.11 £495.64 -6.97%
Roofing £482.23 £468.80 2.86%
Scaffolding £489.16 £414.11 18.12%
Shopfitting £907.76 £920.50 -1.38%
Steel & Timber frame erect £585.29 £600.90 -2.60%
Surfacing contractors £654.31 £601.98 8.69%
Average £576.54 £565.42 1.97%

North West

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £510.88 £478.78 6.70%
Civil Engineering £553.86 £537.38 3.07%
Demolition £648.10 £680.62 -4.78%
Electrical £817.67 £810.96 0.83%
Equipment & Operator hire £616.42 £600.71 2.62%
Fit out by specialist trades £617.93 £546.71 13.03%
General Construction £643.42 £613.89 4.81%
Insulation £798.81 £843.12 -5.26%
Joinery £512.08 £605.71 -15.46%
Mechanical £660.45 £659.91 0.08%
Plastering £490.85 £468.00 4.88%
Plumbing £542.15 £570.00 -4.89%
Roofing £586.37 £679.20 -13.67%
Scaffolding £462.44 £421.07 9.82%
Shopfitting £864.21 £769.95 12.24%
Steel & Timber frame erect £546.28 £521.62 4.73%
Surfacing contractors £671.63 £557.14 20.55%
Average £620.21 £609.69 1.72%

Midlands

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £493.56 £522.73 -5.58%
Civil Engineering £627.77 £698.34 -10.11%
Demolition £293.73 £317.46 -7.47%
Electrical £635.94 £630.35 0.89%
Equipment & Operator hire £639.57 £542.17 17.96%
Fit out by specialist trades £582.48 £588.68 -1.05%
General Construction £557.64 £560.92 -0.58%
Insulation £641.54 £582.94 10.05%
Joinery £638.05 £663.24 -3.80%
Mechanical £905.28 £853.65 6.05%
Plastering £723.68 £616.00 17.48%
Plumbing £494.65 £488.16 1.33%
Roofing £421.19 £435.86 -3.37%
Scaffolding £539.14 £554.93 -2.85%
Shopfitting £937.76 £907.96 3.28%
Steel & Timber frame erect £855.09 £1,004.60 -14.88%
Surfacing contractors £625.31 £655.66 -4.63%
Average £624.26 £624.92 -0.11%

South East

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £544.59 £600.87 -9.37%
Civil Engineering £618.63 £578.70 6.90%
Demolition £550.68 £608.25 -9.46%
Electrical £742.28 £906.23 -18.09%
Equipment & Operator hire £753.68 £708.34 6.40%
Fit out by specialist trades £777.87 £668.95 16.28%
General Construction £608.85 £648.45 -6.11%
Insulation £704.99 £740.06 -4.74%
Joinery £582.09 £670.77 -13.22%
Mechanical £665.27 £615.42 8.10%
Plastering £707.57 £637.86 10.93%
Plumbing £721.04 £758.02 -4.88%
Roofing £585.39 £604.79 -3.21%
Scaffolding £623.81 £613.10 1.75%
Shopfitting £826.79 £848.50 -2.56%
Steel & Timber frame erect £501.37 £552.65 -9.28%
Surfacing contractors £592.57 £585.81 1.15%
Average £653.38 £667.46 -2.11%

South West

Field Last month 3 months ago % shift o/12 wks
Bricklaying £383.44 £381.89 0.41%
Civil Engineering £542.73 £565.03 -3.95%
Demolition £565.76 £630.21 -10.23%
Electrical £519.13 £582.66 -10.90%
Equipment & Operator hire £438.55 £478.40 -8.33%
Fit out by specialist trades £758.52 £654.50 15.89%
General Construction £591.75 £641.08 -7.69%
Insulation £632.45 £602.87 4.91%
Joinery £305.20 £272.38 12.05%
Mechanical £761.07 £700.00 8.72%
Plastering £829.04 £807.78 2.63%
Plumbing £548.31 £576.67 -4.92%
Roofing £562.79 £540.72 4.08%
Scaffolding £549.74 £523.79 4.95%
Shopfitting £1,184.75 £1,201.00 -1.35%
Steel & Timber frame erect £641.28 £635.99 0.83%
Surfacing contractors £481.87 £519.92 -7.32%
Average £605.67 £606.76 -0.18%