Construction Market Data

Tue October 22 2019

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends August 2019

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 split across ten regions.

Earnings for freelance tradespeople in the construction sector declined by just 1.7 per cent last month, according to latest figures released by Hudson Contract.

Analysis of August payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a weekly average of £904 for subcontractors.

Demand remains strong for skilled trades with average earnings 2.2 per cent higher than the same month last year.

Our regional breakdown shows the North East and South West reported growth in average earnings last month. Wales saw the biggest fall with average earnings down 3.7 per cent.

Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “National trade surveys suggest lower volumes of work across the construction sector in response to the ongoing economic and political uncertainty.

“Businesses want Brexit settled one way or another so they can get on with delivering the housing and infrastructure that Britain needs.

“Today’s (September 3) purchasing managers index for the construction industry shows housebuilding activity fell only slightly last month while some companies reported tight labour market conditions had encouraged retention of skilled workers.

“Underlying demand remains strong for skilled tradespeople to build new roads, railways and homes and our analysis shows self-employed specialists are earning a premium for their services.”

Region August 2019 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £788 1.3% -2.2%
North West £860 -1.4% 8.0%
Yorkshire and the Humber £849 -2.1% 1.8%
East Midlands £931 -1.3% 5.2%
West Midlands £965 -1.8% 1.5%
Wales £787 -3.7% -5.6%
East of England £937 -1.2% 1.3%
London £892 -2.8% 1.4%
South East £901 -2.4% 2.2%
South West £813 0.5% 0.6%

North East

NORTH EAST May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £771 £808 £812 £811
ELECTRICAL £756 £911 £996 £874
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £615 £685 £634 £619
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £702 £778 £804 £776
INSULATION £635 £710 £727 £783
PLASTERING £593 £670 £667 £788
ROOFING £1,043 £945 £915 £874
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £351 £468 £415 £422
SHOP FITTING £592 £722 £662 £735
SPECIALIST TRADES £624 £685 £576 £653

North West

NORTH WEST May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19
BRICKLAYING £803 £891 £871 £821
CIVIL ENGINEERING £709 £761 £781 £777
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £673 £723 £765 £778
ELECTRICAL £714 £812 £852 £841
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £704 £754 £757 £737
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £773 £835 £863 £847
INSULATION £1,075 £1,222 £1,282 £1,405
JOINERY £1,020 £1,067 £1,075 £1,048
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,016 £1,075 £1,154 £1,138
PLASTERING £583 £648 £608 £567
PLUMBING £750 £783 £799 £945
ROOFING £789 £889 £916 £955
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £583 £649 £641 £649
SHOP FITTING £1,104 £1,060 £1,260 £1,159
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,242 £1,254 £1,290 £1,247
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £510 £640 £561 £530
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £869 £855 £944 £941

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19
BRICKLAYING £651 £767 £767 £777
CIVIL ENGINEERING £753 £803 £826 £833
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £560 £631 £687 £707
ELECTRICAL £802 £884 £909 £854
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £793 £862 £720 £953
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £763 £842 £863 £834
INSULATION £641 £647 £715 £880
JOINERY £740 £701 £793 £767
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,057 £1,086 £1,131 £999
PLASTERING £838 £839 £840 £759
PLUMBING £623 £734 £680 £727
ROOFING £621 £733 £691 £713
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £500 £577 £557 £582
SHOP FITTING £1,313 £1,249 £1,291 £1,241
SPECIALIST TRADES £904 £1,010 £1,014 £981
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,346 £1,204 £1,132 £925
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £756 £841 £1,031 £928

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £778 £796 £860 £852
ELECTRICAL £872 £989 £1,079 £1,004
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £979 £984 £1,022 £1,028
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £976 £1,042 £1,092 £1,068
INSULATION £789 £853 £836 £828
JOINERY £824 £859 £861 £885
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,885 £1,925 £1,669 £1,674
PLASTERING £647 £736 £740 £733
PLUMBING £1,115 £1,108 £1,282 £1,048
ROOFING £826 £796 £854 £814
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £755 £743 £819 £828
SHOP FITTING £843 £678 £827 £756
SPECIALIST TRADES £787 £771 £849 £852
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,145 £903 £881 £889
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £784 £824 £907 £919

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19
BRICKLAYING £830 £938 £941 £894
CIVIL ENGINEERING £896 £939 £992 £975
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £542 £687 £662 £619
ELECTRICAL £1,108 £1,189 £1,207 £1,208
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £824 £818 £894 £905
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £825 £863 £960 £915
INSULATION £818 £797 £918 £799
JOINERY £1,081 £1,166 £1,158 £1,025
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,432 £1,549 £1,653 £1,784
PLASTERING £591 £754 £726 £874
PLUMBING £985 £1,036 £1,073 £988
ROOFING £559 £659 £618 £560
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £628 £746 £720 £732
SHOP FITTING £1,188 £1,466 £1,257 £1,306
SPECIALIST TRADES £872 £974 £949 £971
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £707 £769 £825 £843

Wales

WALES May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £708 £743 £763 £753
ELECTRICAL £738 £859 £843 £833
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,273 £1,315 £1,369 £1,218
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £901 £962 £963 £896
Joinery £1,455 £2,228 £1,710 £1,486
PLASTERING £1,056 £977 £1,118 £970
PLUMBING £917 £1,004 £956 £933
ROOFING £441 £554 £496 £548
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £806 £941 £811 £686
SPECIALIST TRADES £751 £808 £811 £775
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £665 £730 £695 £671
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,045 £1,045 £1,165 £1,100

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19
BRICKLAYING £728 £785 £798 £786
CIVIL ENGINEERING £843 £904 £952 £919
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £763 £773 £863 £866
ELECTRICAL £1,241 £1,326 £1,303 £1,278
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £820 £858 £903 £883
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £878 £952 £956 £958
INSULATION £885 £920 £993 £971
JOINERY £1,260 £1,221 £1,277 £1,168
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,078 £1,132 £1,183 £1,133
PLASTERING £838 £864 £916 £925
PLUMBING £1,281 £1,336 £1,328 £1,317
ROOFING £672 £729 £798 £850
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £829 £881 £863 £877
SHOP FITTING £1,258 £1,290 £1,246 £1,257
SPECIALIST TRADES £832 £833 £839 £834
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £624 £691 £646 £783
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £683 £699 £755 £738

London

LONDON May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19
BRICKLAYING £695 £766 £815 £774
CIVIL ENGINEERING £785 £832 £857 £828
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £465 £744 £721 £865
ELECTRICAL £969 £920 £973 £905
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £826 £807 £848 £796
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £918 £1,008 £963 £958
INSULATION £956 £827 £926 £798
JOINERY £1,123 £1,240 £1,254 £1,286
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £989 £1,184 £1,095 £1,043
PLASTERING £503 £705 £510 £633
PLUMBING £906 £966 £1,014 £973
ROOFING £861 £988 £911 £957
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,056 £1,109 £1,043 £949
SHOP FITTING £983 £970 £1,032 £1,095
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,051 £1,138 £1,061 £1,069
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £945 £1,081 £951 £1,089
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £467 £518 £480 £586

South East

SOUTH EAST May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19
BRICKLAYING £738 £768 £815 £755
CIVIL ENGINEERING £760 £805 £840 £827
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,083 £1,220 £1,160 £1,183
ELECTRICAL £1,157 £1,191 £1,180 £1,148
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £745 £849 £840 £868
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £835 £899 £943 £899
INSULATION £865 £843 £1,165 £1,718
JOINERY £956 £1,008 £1,007 £1,032
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £969 £1,048 £1,088 £1,118
PLASTERING £661 £719 £698 £681
PLUMBING £1,105 £1,127 £1,129 £1,116
ROOFING £692 £769 £774 £774
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £783 £805 £827 £804
SHOP FITTING £1,269 £1,441 £1,316 £1,275
SPECIALIST TRADES £782 £853 £854 £882
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £685 £750 £727 £775
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £849 £844 £933 £885

South West

SOUTH WEST May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19
BRICKLAYING £1,222 £1,525 £1,711 £714
CIVIL ENGINEERING £685 £730 £735 £771
ELECTRICAL £695 £726 £735 £693
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £789 £790 £857 £836
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £791 £865 £877 £843
INSULATION £1,218 £1,427 £1,404 £1,401
JOINERY £1,019 £1,113 £1,135 £1,093
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £587 £649 £619 £681
PLASTERING £648 £798 £779 £674
PLUMBING £1,540 £1,164 £1,177 £1,328
ROOFING £764 £879 £789 £767
SHOP FITTING £846 - - -
SPECIALIST TRADES £846 £1,360 £675 £1,235
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £587 £629 £643 £650