Construction Market Data

Tue January 22 2019

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It’s been back to business as usual on sites across the nation during February – exactly as expected.

Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield says: “After construction’s traditional slow start in January, earnings bounced back almost to the levels of the pre-Christmas push to get projects finished. February’s rise of over 10%, which works out to an extra £90 a week nationwide, shows how quickly the industry gets back into the swing of things. It also demonstrates that our clients’ confidence in the industry is currently riding high, which is excellent news for us all.”

This month’s stand-out region is East Midlands, where subbies’ weekly earnings soared by £98, climbing to an all-time high of £909.

National Weekly Average Earnings February 2018: £867

Region February 2018 Average Change from January 2018
North East £717.00 +4.46%
North West £766.00 +7.05%
Yorkshire & Humber £799.00 +7.26%
East Midlands £909.00 +10.78%
West Midlands £926.00 +16.41%
Wales £747.00 -2.81%
East of England £922.00 +8.89%
London £873.00 +11%
South East £865.00 +8.79%
South West £796.00 +6.41%

This month’s winners are:

  • Insulation: +20.3%

East of England preparing for foul weather

  • Demolition & Wrecking: +18.0%

Strong gains in South-East and West Midlands

  • Surfacing: +13.6%

Earnings up everywhere as winter takes it toll

The only loser:

  • Equipment & Operator Hire: -1%

A loss of £9 per week on January
Turning to the national perspective, IHS Markit/CIPS UK PMI index – which reflects confidence in construction – has risen for the first time in three months:

  • Commercial construction expanded at its fastest pace since last May
  • Housebuilding’s soft patch continued during February
  • Civils went backwards with a sharp fall and concern about lack of work to replace current projects.

Ian Anfield adds: “The challenges of 2018 are beginning to make themselves known. The fallout from Carillion – and the 30,000 firms in its supply chain – is still emerging and some fear another main contractor will go belly up. We are still waiting to discover if local authorities will receive extra funding to address the fire safety issues surrounding tower blocks. And as the year goes on, the post-Brexit picture will become clearer, enabling construction companies to adjust their strategies in response.

“It’s fair to say the industry is approaching the future with typical caution. And we know already that the combination of snow and the ‘Beast from the East’ will take a toll on March earnings. We are all hoping new shoots will appear in Spring.”

North East

NORTH EAST Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £845 £838 £735 £767
ELECTRICAL £810 £603 £480 £687
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £585 £585 £585 £555
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £759 £711 £653 £700
INSULATION £720 £819 £810 £826
PLASTERING £781 £685 £688 £679
ROOFING £1,016 £754 £745 £721
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £465 £531 £345 £421
SHOP FITTING £766 £743 £752 £753
SPECIALIST TRADES £589 £550 £690 £510
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £700 £576 £634

North West

NORTH WEST Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18
BRICKLAYING £751 £710 £705 £674
CIVIL ENGINEERING £725 £761 £675 £737
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £827 £868 £788 £793
ELECTRICAL £858 £844 £764 £827
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £851 £864 £728 £794
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £748 £813 £782 £803
INSULATION £1,203 £1,251 £996 £1,217
JOINERY £784 £791 £729 £781
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,222 £1,250 £979 £1,337
PLASTERING £651 £651 £481 £573
PLUMBING £818 £834 £761 £667
ROOFING £862 £987 £814 £828
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £582 £602 £524 £562
SHOP FITTING £1,170 £997 £1,124 £1,068
SPECIALIST TRADES £853 £879 £805 £823
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £601 £697 £660 £964
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £712 £740 £636 £688

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18
BRICKLAYING £759 £717 £651 £690
CIVIL ENGINEERING £783 £781 £736 £763
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £539 £547 £484 £434
ELECTRICAL £854 £741 £767 £862
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £979 £856 £810 £861
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £816 £817 £725 £788
JOINERY £847 £820 £828 £846
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £958 £906 £825 £916
PLASTERING £714 £756 £694 £703
PLUMBING £701 £715 £606 £654
ROOFING £747 £793 £667 £743
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £550 £568 £483 £554
SHOP FITTING £1,249 £1,170 £1,233 £1,194
SPECIALIST TRADES £953 £985 £825 £936
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £955 £953 £887 £959
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £904 £880 £702 £813

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £800 £774 £747 £800
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £740 £781 £727 £727
ELECTRICAL £1,079 £1,094 £1,045 £968
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £983 £907 £804 £1,009
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,043 £1,082 £905 £1,081
INSULATION £849 £843 £727 £748
JOINERY £802 £802 £769 £759
PLASTERING £687 £756 £665 £678
PLUMBING £1,001 £974 £891 £950
ROOFING £882 £950 £898 £872
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £802 £782 £663 £781
SHOP FITTING £1,498 £1,374 £1,102 £1,199
SPECIALIST TRADES £950 £899 £853 £862
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £957 £1,164 £890 £1,214
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £866 £830 £736 £849

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18
BRICKLAYING £394 £396 £337 £327
CIVIL ENGINEERING £902 £900 £771 £936
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £674 £641 £585 £685
ELECTRICAL £1,115 £1,183 £969 £1,150
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £936 £929 £781 £859
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £845 £867 £804 £854
INSULATION £802 £725 £740 £701
JOINERY £897 £802 £699 £1,245
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,279 £1,125 £954 £1,549
PLASTERING £743 £886 £621 £616
PLUMBING £1,202 £1,188 £1,177 £1,283
ROOFING £565 £567 £528 £622
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £979 £966 £553 £1,148
SHOP FITTING £1,415 £1,061 £1,072 £1,271
SPECIALIST TRADES £960 £940 £659 £998
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £795 £714 £608 £744

Wales

WALES Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £734 £735 £752 £734
ELECTRICAL £641 £717 £602 £641
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,276 £1,191 £1,234 £1,172
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £914 £870 £832 £820
JOINERY £575 £653 £519 £548
PLASTERING £1,393 £1,260 £1,200 £1,270
PLUMBING £850 £837 £787 £856
ROOFING £558 £521 £562 £411
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £708 £674 £728 £737
SPECIALIST TRADES £707 £663 £611 £675
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £585 £890 £849 £783
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,391 £1,329 £711 £1,183

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18
BRICKLAYING £754 £737 £705 £772
CIVIL ENGINEERING £886 £844 £794 £851
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £653 £687 £761 £675
ELECTRICAL £1,298 £1,303 £1,091 £1,357
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £953 £947 £972 £879
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £933 £912 £831 £895
INSULATION £1,336 £1,297 £923 £1,299
JOINERY £1,333 £1,219 £1,194 £1,222
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,062 £960 £1,039 £1,215
PLASTERING £848 £844 £915 £838
PLUMBING £1,323 £1,328 £1,024 £1,273
ROOFING £794 £729 £654 £740
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £862 £879 £763 £859
SHOP FITTING £1,194 £1,177 £1,023 £1,371
SPECIALIST TRADES £921 £973 £856 £871
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £754 £709 £767 £703
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £697 £677 £620 £703

London

LONDON Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18
BRICKLAYING £777 £759 £657 £746
CIVIL ENGINEERING £811 £802 £728 £805
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £854 £950 £583 £609
ELECTRICAL £984 £963 £949 £1,030
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £750 £750 £796 £1,000
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £946 £968 £793 £941
INSULATION £1,040 £925 £832 £981
JOINERY £1,067 £1,199 £1,157 £1,136
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,202 £1,208 £1,038 £1,192
PLASTERING £1,181 £1,150 £945 £1,267
PLUMBING £1,027 £1,049 £1,020 £1,048
ROOFING £665 £675 £712 £655
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,079 £1,131 £1,036 £1,106
SHOP FITTING £650 £734 £720 £909
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,041 £1,054 £854 £1,028
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £884 £835 £750 £817
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £643 £701 £547 £632

South East

SOUTH EAST Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18
BRICKLAYING £799 £725 £662 £699
CIVIL ENGINEERING £784 £815 £698 £768
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,287 £1,140 £923 £1,216
ELECTRICAL £1,157 £1,178 £1,048 £1,228
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £827 £790 £967 £866
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £839 £830 £773 £823
INSULATION £768 £823 £667 £726
JOINERY £1,120 £1,086 £946 £1,030
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,101 £1,115 £1,112 £1,163
PLASTERING £716 £734 £703 £681
PLUMBING £1,021 £1,041 £1,066 £1,080
ROOFING £778 £771 £681 £747
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £792 £762 £701 £793
SHOP FITTING £1,254 £1,415 £1,015 £1,247
SPECIALIST TRADES £819 £888 £758 £787
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £751 £787 £689 £792
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £838 £807 £790 £909

South West

SOUTH WEST Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18
BRICKLAYING £500 £500 £450 £1,216
CIVIL ENGINEERING £705 £753 £635 £701
ELECTRICAL £712 £790 £733 £778
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £538 £613 £528 £524
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £817 £897 £863 £869
INSULATION £1,248 £1,313 £1,023 £1,319
JOINERY £1,085 £1,100 £1,088 £1,099
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £680 £652 £614 £633
PLASTERING £810 £825 £734 £751
PLUMBING £1,294 £1,388 £1,434 £1,446
ROOFING £792 £916 £787 £790
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,091 £1,080 £959 £1,035
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £645 £660 £620 £657