Construction Market Data

Mon December 17 2018

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends October 2018

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.

OCTOBER EARNINGS REACH A FIVE-YEAR HIGH

We were expecting an increase in earnings this month, in the wake of the long, hot summer that prompted extra time off for so many labour-only subbies.  And we are certainly not disappointed.

Average pay has soared in all ten Hudson Contract regions, with record highs in seven parts of the country.  Our Managing Director, Ian Anfield reports: “Average weekly earnings have climbed above £900 for the first time since our current records began in October 2013.  It means the average freelancer earned £36-a-week extra compared to September.  Equally, we can see from this that everyone is pushing on in the lead-up to winter and getting projects finished by the end of December.”

National Weekly Average Earnings October 2018: £903

Region October 2018 Average Change from September 2018
North East £783.00 +1.66%
North West £813.00 +4.55%
Yorkshire & Humber £853.00 +4.34%
East Midlands £911.00 +5.16%
West Midlands £963.00 +4.15%
Wales £823.00 +1.46%
East of England £957.00 +4.18%
London £894.00 +3.24%
South East £922.00 +3.69%
South West £804.00 -2.24%

Individual Trades: National Winners and Losers:

Winners:

  • Demolition & Wrecking: +7.21%

London and East of England smash September’s figures

  • Equipment & Operator Hire: +5.56%

Gains in the South-West

  • Surfacing Contractors: +5.31%

London freelancers paving the way

As for the losers, only Insulation is showing a very small downward turn this month of £2 or 0.2%

Meanwhile, the latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK statistics reflect Hudson’s data, showing October was the second strongest month for growth in sixteen months, with all three sectors – house building, commercial activity and particularly civil engineering - increasing across the month.

Likewise, the latest figures from the NHBC show the number of new homes registered in the third quarter of 2018 leapt by 15% on the same period in 2017, with the highest number of registrations in over 10 years.

“That’s a great boost for everyone involved,” Ian Anfield observes.  “However, while we can approach the next two months with confidence, I’m mindful that the outlook for 2019 is already uncertain, mostly down to Brexit. 

“Some in the industry are pointing to increased competition and final client decisions being put on hold.  Then again, we are edging ever-closer to last-round Brexit negotiations, and once a clear picture finally emerges, the fear-of-the-unknown-factor will finally become irrelevant, and businesses can plan accordingly.  The one certainty at this point is that 2019 is shaping up to be an interesting year.”

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 during October 2018.

North East

NORTH EAST Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £850 £850 £835 £844
ELECTRICAL £655 £853 £910 £774
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £555 £615 £592 £627
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £801 £814 £764 £779
INSULATION £659 £714 £703 £743
PLASTERING £703 £798 £699 £659
ROOFING £1,091 £926 £882 £980
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £451 £377 £416 £478
SHOP FITTING £684 £668 £576 £623
SPECIALIST TRADES £676 £610 £687 £740
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,255 £1,442 £850 N/A

North West

NORTH WEST Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18
BRICKLAYING £728 £760 £759 £802
CIVIL ENGINEERING £751 £759 £742 £780
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £772 £798 £803 £846
ELECTRICAL £928 £922 £895 £905
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £759 £747 £701 £753
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £777 £806 £768 £787
INSULATION £1,272 £1,352 £977 £1,111
JOINERY £1,125 £1,062 £1,054 £1,170
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,191 £1,166 £970 £1,142
PLASTERING £565 £631 £556 £606
PLUMBING £796 £762 £746 £808
ROOFING £806 £822 £857 £847
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £621 £551 £576 £567
SHOP FITTING £1,115 £1,202 £1,129 £1,210
SPECIALIST TRADES £813 £864 £914 £834
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £704 £812 £780 £708
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £719 £726 £756 £780

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18
BRICKLAYING £730 £757 £727 £784
CIVIL ENGINEERING £793 £787 £775 £813
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £561 £573 £566 £580
ELECTRICAL £874 £877 £890 £1,029
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £957 £939 £895 £947
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £815 £821 £813 £844
JOINERY £668 £661 £822 £907
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £924 £966 £902 £942
PLASTERING £780 £827 £766 £808
PLUMBING £586 £577 £622 £640
ROOFING £713 £667 £692 £687
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £604 £654 £593 £597
SHOP FITTING £1,392 £1,361 £1,395 £1,372
SPECIALIST TRADES £996 £968 £889 £967
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £925 £957 £1,093 £969
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £819 £898 £866 £957

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £806 £803 £795 £834
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £746 £751 £750 £790
ELECTRICAL £1,026 £1,087 £1,077 £1,047
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £919 £897 £924 £1,058
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £992 £1,008 £970 £1,037
INSULATION £772 £751 £786 £978
JOINERY £823 £842 £839 £790
PLASTERING £729 £709 £720 £689
PLUMBING £1,169 £1,226 £1,044 £965
ROOFING £876 £877 £934 £992
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £838 £821 £849 £790
SHOP FITTING £920 £1,218 £1,083 £909
SPECIALIST TRADES £857 £838 £811 £830
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £836 £1,100 £806 £873
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £864 £884 £859 £904

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18
BRICKLAYING £363 £855 £816 £936
CIVIL ENGINEERING £953 £965 £932 £981
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £656 £645 £609 £612
ELECTRICAL £1,145 £1,152 £1,107 £1,149
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £883 £873 £901 £866
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £878 £857 £876 £876
INSULATION £789 £774 £706 £866
JOINERY £1,179 £1,263 £1,295 £1,221
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,404 £1,513 £1,272 £1,505
PLASTERING £764 £656 £642 £730
PLUMBING £1,235 £1,186 £1,262 £1,226
ROOFING £594 £602 £520 £620
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £687 £775 £642 £727
SHOP FITTING £1,115 £1,221 £1,196 £1,178
SPECIALIST TRADES £896 £946 £985 £947
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £796 £823 £783 £819

Wales

WALES Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £747 £797 £767 £790
ELECTRICAL £755 £832 £914 £954
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,407 £1,257 £1,286 £1,303
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £855 £871 £919 £888
JOINERY £431 £368 £324 £496
PLASTERING £1,110 £1,110 £1,296 £1,298
PLUMBING £830 £814 £784 £866
ROOFING £454 £450 £431 £455
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £682 £681 £793 £784
SPECIALIST TRADES £844 £800 £773 £805
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £720 £689 £696 £851
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,118 £1,044 £1,256 £1,336

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18
BRICKLAYING £813 £770 £792 £802
CIVIL ENGINEERING £878 £870 £876 £918
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £673 £656 £659 £738
ELECTRICAL £1,311 £1,287 £1,235 £1,283
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £933 £937 £914 £961
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £930 £933 £919 £953
INSULATION £1,032 £1,073 £1,065 £1,043
JOINERY £1,187 £1,300 £1,155 £1,263
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,166 £1,053 £1,049 £1,052
PLASTERING £914 £906 £798 £862
PLUMBING £1,291 £1,299 £1,343 £1,387
ROOFING £778 £768 £804 £791
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £856 £846 £837 £890
SHOP FITTING £1,394 £1,347 £1,283 £1,464
SPECIALIST TRADES £853 £892 £851 £874
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £773 £836 £640 £745
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £749 £713 £704 £752

London

LONDON Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18
BRICKLAYING £768 £718 £736 £774
CIVIL ENGINEERING £806 £811 £789 £813
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £637 £1,109 £1,569
ELECTRICAL £1,033 £1,023 £993 £1,061
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,064 £932 £767 £753
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £943 £912 £935 £993
INSULATION £1,158 £971 £1,012 £1,069
JOINERY £1,101 £1,059 £1,029 £1,075
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,180 £1,241 £1,240 £1,338
PLASTERING £1,341 £1,326 £1,182 £1,051
PLUMBING £958 £997 £1,026 £1,017
ROOFING £784 £850 £690 £719
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,166 £1,164 £1,085 £1,067
SHOP FITTING £956 £955 £1,091 £1,013
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,130 £1,094 £1,072 £1,117
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £669 £709 £672 £697
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £647 £575 £533 £663

South East

SOUTH EAST Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18
BRICKLAYING £805 £789 £793 £827
CIVIL ENGINEERING £798 £782 £769 £830
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,280 £1,161 £1,185 £1,282
ELECTRICAL £1,115 £1,162 £1,234 £1,218
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £842 £810 £800 £866
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £861 £853 £873 £887
INSULATION £849 £1,389 £791 £957
JOINERY £1,018 £996 £986 £1,021
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,127 £1,087 £1,082 £1,038
PLASTERING £956 £866 £860 £832
PLUMBING £1,052 £1,060 £1,081 £1,134
ROOFING £752 £754 £751 £801
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £842 £824 £844 £866
SHOP FITTING £1,298 £1,310 £1,281 £1,271
SPECIALIST TRADES £820 £891 £819 £820
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £761 £780 £775 £778
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £780 £755 £844 £864

South West

SOUTH WEST Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18
BRICKLAYING £600 £1,495 £1,693 £863
CIVIL ENGINEERING £691 £702 £674 £726
ELECTRICAL £659 £659 £713 £693
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £612 £622 £590 £780
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £886 £874 £880 £909
INSULATION £1,501 £1,505 £1,354 £1,227
JOINERY £1,073 £1,077 £1,116 £1,048
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £679 £654 £670 £740
PLASTERING £713 £806 £773 £846
PLUMBING £1,734 £1,318 £1,183 £1,290
ROOFING £829 £847 £804 £862
SPECIALIST TRADES £968 £804 £923 £746
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £630 £636 £607 £639