Construction Market Data

Thu December 12 2019

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends October 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 increased by 2.5 per cent last month, according to latest figures released by Hudson Contract.

Analysis of October payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a weekly average of £911 for subcontractors.

Our regional breakdown shows the South West was the best-performing territory with average earnings rising by 4.5 per cent to £835 a week during October.

The region has a number of major construction projects including the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset and the regeneration of the 19th century Brooks Dye Works in Bristol.

The West Midlands had the second strongest growth, rising 3.3 per cent to £981 a week, followed by the East of England, rising 3.2 per cent to £945.

Subcontractors in all 10 regions across England and Wales saw increases in average earnings last month.

Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “Companies using Hudson are dynamic SMEs that are run by owner-managers who are in complete control of their businesses.

“Despite indicators showing the entire economy and particularly the construction industry is slowing down, our clients are busy with freelancers earning on average £911 per week.

“We’re not surprised by this as each year construction companies rush to get projects finished by Christmas; similarly contractors want to get their money in and earn as much as they can before Christmas and the bad weather sets in.

“We’re hoping the slowdown as reported in the latest construction purchasing managers index doesn’t catch up with freelancers in the new year. There is no doubt construction needs certainty: a new government could change spending plans or tighten up on planning regulations, which might lead to a slowdown in investment in this country. However our data is not the sentiment of 150 purchasing managers, ours is hard figures from 2,200 construction companies.”

Region October 2019 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £779 0.8% -0.5%
North West £862 2.7% 6.0%
Yorkshire and the Humber £850 3.0% -0.4%
East Midlands £931 2.5% 2.2%
West Midlands £981 3.3% 1.9%
Wales £799 0.4% -2.9%
East of England £945 3.2% -1.3%
London £888 0.2% -0.7%
South East £920 2.6% -0.2%
South West £835 4.5% 3.9%

 

North East

NORTH EAST Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £812 £811 £788 £794
ELECTRICAL £996 £874 £815 £877
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £634 £619 £611 £760
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £804 £776 £782 £791
INSULATION £727 £783 £753 £753
PLASTERING £667 £788 £755 £743
ROOFING £915 £874 £1,036 £1,020
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £415 £422 £490 £485
SHOP FITTING £662 £735 £700 £743
SPECIALIST TRADES £576 £653 £626 £772

North West

NORTH WEST Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
BRICKLAYING £871 £821 £798 £815
CIVIL ENGINEERING £781 £777 £762 £784
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £765 £778 £681 £798
ELECTRICAL £852 £841 £860 £929
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £757 £737 £694 £735
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £863 £847 £783 £1,020
INSULATION £1,282 £1,405 £999 £519
JOINERY £1,075 £1,048 £1,084 £1,149
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,154 £1,138 £939 £1,037
PLASTERING £608 £567 £549 £646
PLUMBING £799 £945 £873 £851
ROOFING £916 £955 £947 £859
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £641 £649 £644 £639
SHOP FITTING £1,260 £1,159 £1,110 £1,138
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,290 £1,247 £1,257 £871
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £561 £530 £693 £689
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £944 £941 £940 £951

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
BRICKLAYING £767 £777 £704 £740
CIVIL ENGINEERING £826 £833 £824 £855
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £687 £707 £694 £745
ELECTRICAL £909 £854 £925 £981
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £720 £953 £953 £880
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £863 £834 £820 £842
INSULATION £715 £880 £793 £762
JOINERY £793 £767 £685 £702
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,131 £999 £1,021 £1,093
PLASTERING £840 £759 £813 £813
PLUMBING £680 £727 £646 £802
ROOFING £691 £713 £659 £719
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £557 £582 £565 £606
SHOP FITTING £1,291 £1,241 £1,379 £1,374
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,014 £981 £773 £843
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,132 £925 £662 £979
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,031 £928 £904 £897

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £860 £852 £845 £863
ELECTRICAL £1,079 £1,004 £954 £992
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,022 £1,028 £1,074 £1,053
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,092 £1,068 £1,020 £1,049
INSULATION £836 £828 £870 £915
JOINERY £861 £885 £769 £796
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,669 £1,674 £1,662 £1,854
PLASTERING £740 £733 £717 £765
PLUMBING £1,282 £1,048 £1,058 £1,077
ROOFING £854 £814 £958 £893
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £819 £828 £825 £871
SHOP FITTING £827 £756 £1,000 £1,039
SPECIALIST TRADES £849 £852 £802 £844
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £881 £889 £816 £1,028
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £907 £919 £903 £909

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
BRICKLAYING £941 £894 £955 £928
CIVIL ENGINEERING £992 £975 £961 £992
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £662 £619 £579 £682
ELECTRICAL £1,207 £1,208 £1,181 £1,196
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £894 £905 £866 £914
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £960 £915 £898 £940
INSULATION £918 £799 £791 £772
JOINERY £1,158 £1,025 £1,057 £1,054
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,653 £1,784 £1,407 £1,597
PLASTERING £726 £874 £712 £640
PLUMBING £1,073 £988 £988 £1,110
ROOFING £618 £560 £646 £627
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £720 £732 £614 £685
SHOP FITTING £1,257 £1,306 £1,306 £1,365
SPECIALIST TRADES £949 £971 £969 £957
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £825 £843 £829 £855

Wales

WALES Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £763 £753 £763 £766
ELECTRICAL £843 £833 £774 £972
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,369 £1,218 £1,292 £1,278
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £963 £896 £859 £850
Joinery £1,710 £1,486 £979 £1,355
PLASTERING £1,118 £970 £1,043 £1,610
PLUMBING £956 £933 £961 £956
ROOFING £496 £548 £441 £527
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £811 £686 £771 £810
SPECIALIST TRADES £811 £775 £858 £811
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £695 £671 £617 £623
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,165 £1,100 £1,125 £1,140

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
BRICKLAYING £798 £786 £792 £794
CIVIL ENGINEERING £952 £919 £903 £942
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £863 £866 £771 £759
ELECTRICAL £1,303 £1,278 £1,292 £1,363
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £903 £883 £868 £915
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £956 £958 £927 £965
INSULATION £993 £971 £931 £1,053
JOINERY £1,277 £1,168 £1,121 £1,202
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,183 £1,133 £1,092 £1,140
PLASTERING £916 £925 £873 £881
PLUMBING £1,328 £1,317 £1,274 £1,269
ROOFING £798 £850 £923 £797
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £863 £877 £866 £892
SHOP FITTING £1,246 £1,257 £1,220 £1,266
SPECIALIST TRADES £839 £834 £838 £843
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £646 £783 £647 £616
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £755 £738 £704 £742

London

LONDON Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
BRICKLAYING £815 £774 £767 £743
CIVIL ENGINEERING £857 £828 £821 £821
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £721 £865 £827 £964
ELECTRICAL £973 £905 £914 £972
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £848 £796 £786 £824
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £963 £958 £967 £995
INSULATION £926 £798 £1,034 £917
JOINERY £1,254 £1,286 £1,193 £1,120
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,095 £1,043 £1,228 £1,120
PLASTERING £510 £633 £653 £633
PLUMBING £1,014 £973 £967 £1,070
ROOFING £911 £957 £905 £887
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,043 £949 £975 £993
SHOP FITTING £1,032 £1,095 £1,057 £910
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,061 £1,069 £1,022 £1,094
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £951 £1,089 £771 £824
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £480 £586 £433 £540

South East

SOUTH EAST Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
BRICKLAYING £815 £755 £784 £779
CIVIL ENGINEERING £840 £827 £814 £827
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,160 £1,183 £1,197 £1,235
ELECTRICAL £1,180 £1,148 £1,196 £1,301
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £840 £868 £850 £870
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £943 £899 £874 £901
INSULATION £1,165 £1,718 £2,250 -
JOINERY £1,007 £1,032 £1,056 £1,026
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,088 £1,118 £1,083 £1,027
PLASTERING £698 £681 £690 £729
PLUMBING £1,129 £1,116 £1,047 £1,072
ROOFING £774 £774 £786 £818
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £827 £804 £819 £837
SHOP FITTING £1,316 £1,275 £1,262 £1,261
SPECIALIST TRADES £854 £882 £870 £906
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £727 £775 £710 £761
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £933 £885 £856 £964

South West

SOUTH WEST Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
BRICKLAYING £1,711 £714 £1,183 £1,712
CIVIL ENGINEERING £735 £771 £756 £774
ELECTRICAL £735 £693 £739 £757
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £857 £836 £749 £719
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £877 £843 £817 £885
INSULATION £1,404 £1,401 £1,276 £1,307
JOINERY £1,135 £1,093 £1,136 £1,069
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £619 £681 £651 £633
PLASTERING £779 £674 £815 £799
PLUMBING £1,177 £1,328 £1,600 £1,417
ROOFING £789 £767 £783 £870
SPECIALIST TRADES £675 £1,235 £1,091 £972
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £643 £650 £622 £666