Construction Market Data

Sun November 29 2020

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends January 2020

RECORD WEEKLY EARNINGS FOR CONSTRUCTION FREELANCERS IN EAST MIDS AND LONDON

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.

Earnings for freelance tradespeople in the construction sector hit all-time highs in the East Midlands and London last month, according to latest figures released by Hudson Contract.

Analysis of January payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a weekly average of £921 for subcontractors, a 2.8 per cent decrease on December.

The seasonal decline seen at the start of every new year was much less marked than 2019 when average earnings fell by 12.4 per cent.

Still, it was a strong start to 2020 for subcontractors in the East Midlands and London who earned £952 (up 1.4 per cent) and £949 (up 3.2 per cent) respectively.

Region January 2020 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £774 0.8% 7.9%
North West £855 -1.7% 12.4%
Yorkshire and the Humber £828 -6.4% 6.0%
East Midlands £952 1.4% 12%
West Midlands £956 -6.4% 11.9%
Wales £824 -0.6% 4.8%
East of England £968 -4.3% 9.6%
London £949 3.2% 12%
South East £947 -3.7% 13.4%
South West £866 -0.9% 17.8%

Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “This is great news for subbies in the East Midlands and London who enjoyed record earnings last month.

“January can be predictably painful for freelance tradespeople due to the seasonal decline we see at the start of every new year.

“The overall picture at the start of 2020 is much stronger than the start of 2019, which shows renewed confidence in the business outlook for the construction sector.”

Commenting on the latest construction PMI, Mr Anfield added: “The rebound in optimism mirrors what we are seeing on the ground. Building firms are planning ahead with more confidence and starting to invest again. This is good news for the sector and the wider economy.

"Our payroll data for more than 2,200 construction SMEs shows much stronger demand for skilled tradespeople than this time last year, reflecting the improved picture.

"The PMI commentary notes the increased use of subcontractors, which highlights the benefits of a flexible workforce in managing demand."

North East

NORTH EAST Oct-19 Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £794 £798 £1,416 £827
ELECTRICAL £877 £854 - £1,427
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £760 £739 £986 £1,121
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £791 £834 £1,081 £723
INSULATION £753 £732 £1,123 £768
PLASTERING £743 £747 £600 £702
ROOFING £1,020 £964 £677 £748
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £485 £405 £569 £217
SHOP FITTING £743 £689 - £680
SPECIALIST TRADES £772 £872 £754 £588

North West

NORTH WEST Oct-19 Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20
BRICKLAYING £815 £762 £908 £741
CIVIL ENGINEERING £784 £786 £1,038 £803
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £798 £765 £808 £799
ELECTRICAL £929 £935 £1,082 £868
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £735 £689 £667 £931
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,020 £1,032 £917 £992
INSULATION £519 £700 £1,156 £614
JOINERY £1,149 £1,191 £571 £1,121
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,037 £1,175 £979 £1,270
PLASTERING £646 £681 £770 £653
PLUMBING £851 £986 £857 £729
ROOFING £859 £967 £874 £882
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £639 £708 £1,140 £700
SHOP FITTING £1,138 £1,177 £987 £1,065
SPECIALIST TRADES £871 £795 £1,018 £768
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £689 £645 £558 £614
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £951 £1,012 £802 £788

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Oct-19 Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20
BRICKLAYING £740 £740 £948 £690
CIVIL ENGINEERING £855 £828 £1,114 £834
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £745 £810 £865 £886
ELECTRICAL £981 £988 £868 £899
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £880 £890 £883 £808
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £842 £832 £888 £822
INSULATION £762 £762 £976 £653
JOINERY £702 £738 £802 £754
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,093 £1,100 £690 £939
PLASTERING £813 £809 £1,241 £815
PLUMBING £802 £782 £839 £876
ROOFING £719 £673 £906 £699
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £606 £550 £921 £524
SHOP FITTING £1,374 £1,378 £718 £1,236
SPECIALIST TRADES £843 £854 £880 £1,038
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £979 £956 £432 £964
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £897 £869 £865 £692

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Oct-19 Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £863 £849 £1,238 £895
ELECTRICAL £992 £977 £640 £880
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,053 £1,120 £1,067 £1,010
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,049 £1,037 £1,064 £1,038
INSULATION £915 £927 £1,300 £848
JOINERY £796 £801 - £810
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,854 £1,824 £1,061 £1,855
PLASTERING £765 £827 £829 £939
PLUMBING £1,077 £882 £978 £1,240
ROOFING £893 £934 £1,125 £937
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £871 £860 £1,052 £778
SHOP FITTING £1,039 £692 - £1,763
SPECIALIST TRADES £844 £828 £1,048 £980
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,028 £968 - £617
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £909 £948 £1,261 £975

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Oct-19 Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20
BRICKLAYING £928 £975 £1,210 £879
CIVIL ENGINEERING £992 £987 £1,096 £925
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £682 £657 £1,009 £676
ELECTRICAL £1,196 £1,245 £927 £1,423
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £914 £948 £1,238 £920
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £940 £915 £1,115 £1,125
INSULATION £772 £845 £1,859 £762
JOINERY £1,054 £1,124 £689 £1,256
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,597 £1,574 £649 £1,540
PLASTERING £640 £635 £699 £745
PLUMBING £1,110 £1,183 £699 £1,484
ROOFING £627 £578 £1,076 £596
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £685 £634 £1,233 £720
SHOP FITTING £1,365 £1,239 £630 £1,597
SPECIALIST TRADES £957 £1,022 £1,062 £733
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £855 £853 £1,009 £697

Wales

WALES Oct-19 Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £766 £767 £957 £769
ELECTRICAL £972 £918 £882 £894
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,278 £1,263 £766 £1,760
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £850 £907 £905 £875
Joinery £1,355 £953 - £569
PLASTERING £1,610 £1,505 £585 £1,260
PLUMBING £956 £914 £1,445 £870
ROOFING £527 £551 £836 £467
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £810 £730 £814 £688
SPECIALIST TRADES £811 £812 £959 £810
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £623 £1,002 £705 £749
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,140 £1,185 £982 £1,320

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Oct-19 Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20
BRICKLAYING £794 £804 £1,435 £783
CIVIL ENGINEERING £942 £959 £1,307 £979
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £759 £781 £942 £831
ELECTRICAL £1,363 £1,451 £709 £1,476
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £915 £908 £953 £1,032
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £965 £962 £848 £943
INSULATION £1,053 £1,012 £905 £936
JOINERY £1,202 £1,200 £955 £1,363
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,140 £1,181 £829 £1,155
PLASTERING £881 £872 £943 £887
PLUMBING £1,269 £1,324 £1,120 £1,420
ROOFING £797 £806 £970 £777
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £892 £918 £977 £903
SHOP FITTING £1,266 £1,192 £708 £1,095
SPECIALIST TRADES £843 £819 £1,055 £832
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £616 £686 - £639
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £742 £735 £907 £706

London

LONDON Oct-19 Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20
BRICKLAYING £743 £750 £1,042 £714
CIVIL ENGINEERING £821 £840 £1,121 £821
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £964 £808 £885 -
ELECTRICAL £972 £1,023 £929 £1,297
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £824 £765 £978 £867
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £995 £1,068 £868 £1,229
INSULATION £917 £896 £517 £1,710
JOINERY £1,120 £1,158 £1,763 £1,173
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,120 £991 £1,024 £1,290
PLASTERING £633 £695 £878 £643
PLUMBING £1,070 £1,117 £914 £1,489
ROOFING £887 £916 £1,001 £838
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £993 £1,033 £1,107 £1,012
SHOP FITTING £910 £838 £1,549 £1,984
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,094 £1,122 £1,124 £1,079
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £824 £582 - £823
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £540 £575 £817 £467

South East

SOUTH EAST Oct-19 Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20
BRICKLAYING £779 £820 £1,234 £778
CIVIL ENGINEERING £827 £828 £1,192 £841
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,235 £1,241 £905 £1,031
ELECTRICAL £1,301 £1,318 £1,138 £1,481
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £870 £870 £869 £891
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £901 £889 £1,014 £925
INSULATION - - £369 £950
JOINERY £1,026 £1,042 £693 £1,120
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,027 £1,061 £842 £1,497
PLASTERING £729 £683 £970 £777
PLUMBING £1,072 £1,111 £861 £1,286
ROOFING £818 £799 £1,011 £786
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £837 £834 £949 £810
SHOP FITTING £1,261 £1,357 £676 £1,171
SPECIALIST TRADES £906 £872 £1,067 £867
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £761 £766 £1,210 £782
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £964 £946 £997 £804

South West

SOUTH WEST Oct-19 Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20
BRICKLAYING £1,712 £1,474 £949 £1,289
CIVIL ENGINEERING £774 £808 £832 £757
ELECTRICAL £757 £750 £720 £822
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £719 £676 £820 £891
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £885 £862 £871 £978
INSULATION £1,307 £1,243 £848 £1,260
JOINERY £1,069 £1,076 £1,386 £1,321
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £633 £687 £934 £657
PLASTERING £799 £809 £1,138 £677
PLUMBING £1,417 £1,764 £932 £1,335
ROOFING £870 £856 £798 £760
SPECIALIST TRADES £972 £740 £996 £1,253
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £666 £654 £913 £683