Construction Market Data

Sun August 25 2019

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends April 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 now split across ten regions.

Weekly earnings for freelance tradespeople in the construction sector edged downwards last month, according to latest figures released by Hudson Contract. Analysis of April payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a 1.6 per cent fall to an average of £885.

In the regions, Wales saw the biggest decrease between March and April, slipping 4.1 per cent to £789, followed by the East of England, down 3.8 per cent to £928, and Yorkshire and the Humber, down 2.7 per cent to £819.

The marginal decline in weekly earnings is in line with the subdued construction activity reported by purchasing managers in recent months, which has been attributed to Brexit-related delays in decision making by businesses. The figures are also likely to reflect the impact of freelance tradespeople taking time off for Easter holidays.

Freelance civil engineers saw weekly earnings fall by 2.8 per cent during April, mirroring the decline in civil engineering activity reported in the monthly PMI published on May 2.

The North West was the only region to see growth in weekly earnings, rising 4.5 per cent to £837 month on month. All regions experienced solid year-on-year growth, led by the North West (18.1 per cent), London (10 per cent) and the South East (9.9 per cent), reflecting the strong demand for skilled trades.

Specialist tradespeople had the best month for weekly earnings, enjoying an 11.7 per cent rise in April to an average of £1,056. Shop fitters, meanwhile, saw their weekly earnings fall 9.4 per cent to an average of £1,111 during the month.

Ian Anfield, managing director at Hudson Contract, said: “Our analysis shows that weekly earnings for freelance tradespeople fell by 1.6 per cent to £885 in April.

“While the figures will reflect some seasonal influence, there is little doubt that Brexit uncertainty is causing some businesses to hold back on new investment. The weak pound, a sign of this uncertainty, is increasing the cost of importing steel, concrete, plaster and plastic building products, which is leading to input inflation.

“We are also seeing smaller firms pricing up work for the larger contractors to reflect the risk of dealing with the financially troubled outsourcing sector.

“Whatever happens with Brexit and the wider economy, the construction industry will continue to rely on self-employed tradespeople and their ability to supply specialist labour.

“Their overall rise in earnings over the last year highlights the general shortage of skills in the sector and good financial incentives for young people to learn the trades.”

Region April 2019 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £764 -2.1% 7.6%
North West £837 4.5% 18.1%
Yorkshire and the Humber £819 -2.7% 5.3%
East Midlands £902 -1.1% 9.6%
West Midlands £934 -2.1% 7.1%
Wales £789 -4.1% 7.9%
East of England £928 -3.8% 7.8%
London £899 -0.4% 10%
South East £886 -1.9% 9.9%
South West £787 -3% 5.2%

April Winners

  • Specialist Trades: +11.7%

New entry into the £1,000 per week Club

  • Steel & Timber Frame Erection:  +6.1%

Bouncing back from last month’s drop

  • Demolition & Wrecking:  +2.9%

Month-on-month growth continues

April Losers

  • Shopfitting:  -9.4%

Big drop, but earnings remain over £1,000 per week

  • Insulation: -5.4%

Down for the second successive month

  • Equipment & Operator Hire: -3.4%

April weekly earnings down £29

 
About Hudson Contract:

Hudson Contract, founded in 1996, is the UK’s largest professional workplace audit and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) contract provider.

The family-owned group provides audit contract and payroll services to more than 2,200 construction SMEs, on whose behalf it processed 1.7m payments last year.

Hudson Contract established the market for secure self-employment in construction, and eliminates CIS financial risk for its clients.

The group’s monthly figures offer a valuable insight into pay trends in the £90bn construction industry, which accounts for 6.7 per cent of the UK economy and supports 2.9m jobs.

North East

NORTH EAST Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £785 £845 £837 £820
ELECTRICAL £801 £749 £1,016 £825
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £619 £656 £653 £555
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £710 £758 £785 £784
INSULATION £708 £747 £730 £679
PLASTERING £624 £668 £683 £683
ROOFING £746 £1,031 £1,083 £918
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £431 £456 £463 £413
SHOP FITTING £643 £690 £769 £737
SPECIALIST TRADES £640 £552 £596 £649

North West

NORTH WEST Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19
BRICKLAYING £753 £780 £811 £843
CIVIL ENGINEERING £732 £747 £759 £736
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £761 £709 £770 £711
ELECTRICAL £821 £860 £825 £791
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £897 £689 £737 £668
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £785 £806 £836 £821
INSULATION £1,043 £1,246 £1,205 £1,071
JOINERY £952 £1,196 £1,110 £996
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £978 £1,148 £1,230 £1,255
PLASTERING £670 £632 £553 £562
PLUMBING £793 £853 £878 £789
ROOFING £844 £800 £846 £826
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £542 £611 £665 £627
SHOP FITTING £958 £994 £1,251 £1,064
SPECIALIST TRADES £882 £910 £823 £1,329
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £705 £622 £654 £570
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £729 £752 £752 £941

Yorkshire & Humber

EAST MIDLANDS Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £790 £833 £855 £820
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £736 £767 - -
ELECTRICAL £882 £993 £914 £955
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £978 £874 £806 £1,111
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £936 £1,036 £1,026 £1,045
INSULATION £817 £901 £863 £801
JOINERY £890 £834 £829 £801
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,459 £1,596 £1,634 £2,032
PLASTERING £685 £717 £688 £727
PLUMBING £1,078 £1,120 £1,175 £1,173
ROOFING £885 £935 £798 £906
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £788 £810 £790 £791
SHOP FITTING £887 £1,379 £879 £838
SPECIALIST TRADES £868 £923 £823 £809
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,246 £1,002 £671 £1,175
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £796 £863 £911 £860

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £790 £833 £855 £820
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £736 £767 - -
ELECTRICAL £882 £993 £914 £955
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £978 £874 £806 £1,111
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £936 £1,036 £1,026 £1,045
INSULATION £817 £901 £863 £801
JOINERY £890 £834 £829 £801
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,459 £1,596 £1,634 £2,032
PLASTERING £685 £717 £688 £727
PLUMBING £1,078 £1,120 £1,175 £1,173
ROOFING £885 £935 £798 £906
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £788 £810 £790 £791
SHOP FITTING £887 £1,379 £879 £838
SPECIALIST TRADES £868 £923 £823 £809
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,246 £1,002 £671 £1,175
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £796 £863 £911 £860

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19
BRICKLAYING £769 £825 £828 £836
CIVIL ENGINEERING £866 £967 £969 £951
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £594 £607 £624 £596
ELECTRICAL £1,096 £1,207 £1,213 £1,148
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £809 £864 £834 £800
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £831 £902 £897 £880
INSULATION £750 £901 £855 £832
JOINERY £993 £1,109 £1,196 £1,152
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,294 £1,184 £1,118 £1,220
PLASTERING £676 £661 £724 £786
PLUMBING £1,017 £1,097 £911 £896
ROOFING £546 £616 £596 £589
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £646 £720 £688 £748
SHOP FITTING £1,053 £965 £1,186 £1,246
SPECIALIST TRADES £680 £869 £912 £994
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £703 £771 £838 £780

Wales

WALES Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £748 £756 £768 £738
ELECTRICAL £824 £924 £891 £800
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,298 £1,383 £1,409 £1,224
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £845 £927 £886 £869
Joinery - - £1,102 £409
PLASTERING £1,203 £1,366 £1,203 £1,170
PLUMBING £820 £949 £1,079 £938
ROOFING £452 £431 £520 £476
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £757 £736 £789 £881
SPECIALIST TRADES £805 £747 £774 £789
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £843 £834 £757 £827
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £888 £1,244 £1,229 £1,287

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19
BRICKLAYING £757 £750 £781 £794
CIVIL ENGINEERING £884 £914 £958 £898
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £724 £742 £789 £689
ELECTRICAL £1,117 £1,320 £1,304 £1,292
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £918 £904 £917 £848
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £888 £946 £975 £931
INSULATION £938 £1,000 £945 £965
JOINERY £1,134 £1,329 £1,225 £1,336
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £986 £1,018 £1,289 £1,224
PLASTERING £818 £901 £939 £872
PLUMBING £1,186 £1,350 £1,330 £1,349
ROOFING £725 £778 £760 £733
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £813 £853 £875 £864
SHOP FITTING £965 £1,338 £1,331 £1,330
SPECIALIST TRADES £832 £912 £886 £828
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £638 £693 £661 £674
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £669 £738 £758 £695

London

LONDON Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19
BRICKLAYING £670 £713 £742 £753
CIVIL ENGINEERING £801 £835 £827 £821
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £656 £786 - -
ELECTRICAL £987 £1,098 £1,082 £1,059
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £718 £942 £726 £740
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £890 £1,004 £987 £992
INSULATION £780 £866 £924 £805
JOINERY £909 £1,113 £1,140 £1,086
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,058 £1,115 £1,146 £1,132
PLASTERING £994 £1,320 £675 £555
PLUMBING £902 £999 £983 £916
ROOFING £918 £905 £934 £931
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,097 £1,152 £1,137 £1,119
SHOP FITTING £944 £1,136 £1,035 £912
SPECIALIST TRADES £955 £1,125 £1,101 £1,059
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £853 £987 £1,131 £1,112
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £500 £500 £1,000 £627

South East

SOUTH EAST Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19
BRICKLAYING £725 £749 £802 £780
CIVIL ENGINEERING £770 £793 £824 £799
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,013 £1,210 £1,186 £1,244
ELECTRICAL £1,082 £1,104 £1,166 £1,203
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £791 £847 £821 £771
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £827 £845 £886 £851
INSULATION £1,131 £729 £875 -
JOINERY £892 £1,037 £986 £1,009
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,071 £1,015 £1,062 £935
PLASTERING £769 £756 £758 £762
PLUMBING £1,059 £1,105 £1,083 £1,086
ROOFING £735 £738 £784 £760
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £752 £817 £841 £793
SHOP FITTING £1,183 £1,367 £1,387 £1,215
SPECIALIST TRADES £787 £856 £826 £853
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £680 £754 £783 £737
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £796 £832 £850 £893

South West

SOUTH WEST Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19
BRICKLAYING £1,318 £1,543 £1,740 £1,701
CIVIL ENGINEERING £673 £725 £743 £703
ELECTRICAL £753 £624 £732 £647
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £737 £761 £852 £834
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £770 £860 £849 £829
INSULATION £1,313 £1,340 £1,483 £1,254
JOINERY £991 £992 £1,069 £1,145
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £616 £616 £689 £626
PLASTERING £741 £765 £722 £786
PLUMBING £1,461 £1,188 £1,763 £1,441
ROOFING £805 £839 £866 £857
SPECIALIST TRADES £927 £723 £802 £1,196
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £630 £620 £685 £612