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Mon November 23 2020

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends April 2020

Reopening of sites lifts demand for trades after heavy fall in April

Hudson Contract delivers the most accurate indications of pay trends across the construction industry, using monthly payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies to publish the average pay for a spectrum of 17 different trades now split across ten regions.

As the largest payer of subcontractors in the construction industry, we can report demand for labour on Britain’s building sites fell by up to 70 per cent last month as a result of the lockdown.

But the number of freelance tradespeople being paid is on the rise again as more sites reopen.

Ian Anfield, managing director, said: “Many clients returned to work on Monday, May 11. And a number are saying they have never been asked to price so many new projects.”

Latest figures show earnings for subcontractors fell by an average of 18.2 per cent in April.

Analysis of payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies shows a weekly average of £734 for freelancers in April, down from £897 in March, and the lowest level since January 2015.

The worst hit areas were Yorkshire and the Humber (-32.1 per cent), the South West (-26.9 per cent) and Wales (-25.2 per cent).

Region April 2020 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £578 -18.9% -24.3%
North West £704 -17.9% -15.9%
Yorkshire and the Humber £644 -32.1% -21.4%
East Midlands £808 -12.6% -10.4%
West Midlands £744 -10.0% -20.3%
Wales £705 -25.2% -10.6%
East of England £812 -15.9% -12.5%
London £809 -9.1% -10.0%
South East £773 -17.1% -12.8%
South West £656 -26.9% -16.6%

With social distancing measures in place, it is likely that rates will remain lower as SMEs ask tradespeople to share the cost of reduced output on sites.

Mr Anfield added: “The safe return to work will be a welcome boost for households which have been struggling to make ends meet during this difficult period.

“We are focused on supporting our SME clients as they build the housing and infrastructure that Britain will need to recover from this period of crisis.”

Hudson Contract delivers the most accurate indication of subcontractor pay trends across the construction industry, publishing the average pay for a spectrum of 17 different trades split across 10 regions in England and Wales. 

North East

NORTH EAST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £798 £1,416 £827 £798 £708 £636
ELECTRICAL £854 - £1,427 £909 £774 £583
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £739 £986 £1,121 £656 £618
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £834 £1,081 £723 £737 £707 £583
INSULATION £732 £1,123 £768 £817 £780 £503
JOINERY £732 £750 £717 £619 £281
PLASTERING £747 £600 £702 £739 £696 £680
ROOFING £964 £677 £748 £773 £855 £463
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £405 £569 £217 £392 £398
SHOP FITTING £689 - £680 £723 £683 £662
SPECIALIST TRADES £872 £754 £588 £604 £669 £560

North West

NORTH WEST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20
BRICKLAYING £762 £908 £741 £809 £720 £684
CIVIL ENGINEERING £786 £1,038 £803 £794 £775 £582
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £765 £808 £799 £795 £777 £563
ELECTRICAL £935 £1,082 £868 £891 £931 £695
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £689 £667 £931 £731 £739 £701
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,032 £917 £992 £1,076 £1,022 £920
INSULATION £700 £1,156 £614 £802 £684 £423
JOINERY £1,191 £571 £1,121 £1,184 £1,154 £799
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,175 £979 £1,270 £1,067 £1,037 £878
PLASTERING £681 £770 £653 £596 £724 £713
PLUMBING £986 £857 £729 £893 £861 £1,329
ROOFING £967 £874 £882 £860 £918 £719
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £708 £1,140 £700 £673 £590 £531
SHOP FITTING £1,177 £987 £1,065 £1,190 £1,053 £451
SPECIALIST TRADES £795 £1,018 £768 £813 £772 £711
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £645 £558 £614 £613 £678 £273
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,012 £802 £788 £969 £943 £705

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20
BRICKLAYING £740 £948 £690 £715 £820 £621
CIVIL ENGINEERING £828 £1,114 £834 £833 £990 £674
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £810 £865 £886 £815 £589 £646
ELECTRICAL £988 £868 £899 £920 £1,385 £799
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £890 £883 £808 £846 £779 £707
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £832 £888 £822 £830 £920 £707
INSULATION £762 £976 £653 £790 £869 £559
JOINERY £738 £802 £754 £779 £1,161 £497
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,100 £690 £939 £972 £1,343 £572
PLASTERING £809 £1,241 £815 £831 £669 £696
PLUMBING £782 £839 £876 £831 £992 £566
ROOFING £673 £906 £699 £679 £577 £527
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £550 £921 £524 £512 £700 £543
SHOP FITTING £1,378 £718 £1,236 £1,433 £1,623 £439
SPECIALIST TRADES £854 £880 £1,038 £777 £898 £736
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £956 £432 £964 £1,195 - £845
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £869 £865 £692 £797 £844 £675

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £849 £1,238 £895 £905 £859 £615
ELECTRICAL £977 £640 £880 £970 £749 £831
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,120 £1,067 £1,010 £1,114 £1,042 £928
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,037 £1,064 £1,038 £1,023 £1,001 £842
INSULATION £927 £1,300 £848 £901 £840 £980
JOINERY £801 - £810 £775 £836 £635
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,824 £1,061 £1,855 £1,826 £1,558 £1,532
PLASTERING £827 £829 £939 £848 £760 £639
PLUMBING £882 £978 £1,240 £1,339 £1,072 £956
ROOFING £934 £1,125 £937 £932 £844 £642
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £860 £1,052 £778 £848 £785 £518
SHOP FITTING £692 - £1,763 £1,011 £1,171 £982
SPECIALIST TRADES £828 £1,048 £980 £853 £902 £795
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £968 - £617 £890 £673 £678
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £948 £1,261 £975 £982 £894 £714

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20
BRICKLAYING £975 £1,210 £879 £866 £716 £728
CIVIL ENGINEERING £987 £1,096 £925 £1,003 £821 £652
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £657 £1,009 £676 £681 £779 £758
ELECTRICAL £1,245 £927 £1,423 £1,279 £1,120 £1,143
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £948 £1,238 £920 £952 £761 £764
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £915 £1,115 £1,125 £957 £789 £620
INSULATION £845 £1,859 £762 £861 £733 £888
JOINERY £1,124 £689 £1,256 £1,070 £644 £706
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,574 £649 £1,540 £1,863 £992 £1,074
PLASTERING £635 £699 £745 £629 £747 £636
PLUMBING £1,183 £699 £1,484 £1,151 £789 £945
ROOFING £578 £1,076 £596 £578 £677 £439
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £634 £1,233 £720 £673 £544 £608
SHOP FITTING £1,239 £630 £1,597 £1,223 £1,132 £493
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,022 £1,062 £733 £1,012 £787 £744
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £853 £1,009 £697 £790 £961 £685

Wales

WALES Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £767 £957 £769 £781 £766 £682
ELECTRICAL £918 £882 £894 £991 £990
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,263 £766 £1,760 £1,193 £1,578 £1,300
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £907 £905 £875 £915 £892 £712
JOINERY £953 - £569 £429 £530 £638
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING - - £662 £689 £762 £411
PLASTERING £1,505 £585 £1,260 £1,365 £1,225
PLUMBING £914 £1,445 £870 £986 £971 £720
ROOFING £551 £836 £467 £550 £509 £366
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £730 £814 £688 £691 £621 £477
SPECIALIST TRADES £812 £959 £810 £867 £910 £583
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,002 £705 £749 £659 £909 £436
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,185 £982 £1,320 £733 £1,392 £795

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20
BRICKLAYING £804 £1,435 £783 £791 £737 £666
CIVIL ENGINEERING £959 £1,307 £979 £978 £912 £575
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £781 £942 £831 £836 £790 £715
ELECTRICAL £1,451 £709 £1,476 £1,465 £1,492 £1,174
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £908 £953 £1,032 £985 £966 £744
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £962 £848 £943 £973 £911 £765
INSULATION £1,012 £905 £936 £997 £937 £684
JOINERY £1,200 £955 £1,363 £1,264 £1,247 £1,527
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,181 £829 £1,155 £1,067 £1,063 £787
PLASTERING £872 £943 £887 £879 £969 £853
PLUMBING £1,324 £1,120 £1,420 £1,306 £1,298 £1,079
ROOFING £806 £970 £777 £814 £851 £740
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £918 £977 £903 £914 £793 £711
SHOP FITTING £1,192 £708 £1,095 £1,698 £1,492 £1,486
SPECIALIST TRADES £819 £1,055 £832 £843 £775 £584
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £686 - £639 £728 £697 £392
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £735 £907 £706 £741 £670 £459

London

LONDON Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20
BRICKLAYING £750 £1,042 £714 £750 £704 £643
CIVIL ENGINEERING £840 £1,121 £821 £838 £830 £635
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £808 £885 - - -
ELECTRICAL £1,023 £929 £1,297 £1,075 £966 £730
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £765 £978 £867 £812 £894 £531
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,068 £868 £1,229 £1,104 £1,105 £935
INSULATION £896 £517 £1,710 £765 £806 £1,370
JOINERY £1,158 £1,763 £1,173 £1,170 £963 £789
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £991 £1,024 £1,290 £942 £918 £925
PLASTERING £695 £878 £643 £779 £743
PLUMBING £1,117 £914 £1,489 £1,204 £1,158 £914
ROOFING £916 £1,001 £838 £937 £879 £766
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,033 £1,107 £1,012 £961 £836 £727
SHOP FITTING £838 £1,549 £1,984 £809 £766 £947
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,122 £1,124 £1,079 £1,100 £973 £934
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £582 - £823 £669 £662 £776
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £575 £817 £467 £525 £500

South East

SOUTH EAST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20
BRICKLAYING £820 £1,234 £778 £798 £726 £650
CIVIL ENGINEERING £828 £1,192 £841 £836 £816 £589
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,241 £905 £1,031 £1,221 £1,207 £1,012
ELECTRICAL £1,318 £1,138 £1,481 £1,337 £1,447 £950
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £870 £869 £891 £933 £908 £722
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £889 £1,014 £925 £899 £835 £767
INSULATION - £369 £950 £950 £997 £712
JOINERY £1,042 £693 £1,120 £1,028 £950 £929
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,061 £842 £1,497 £1,099 £1,058 £654
PLASTERING £683 £970 £777 £775 £739 £325
PLUMBING £1,111 £861 £1,286 £1,118 £918 £1,004
ROOFING £799 £1,011 £786 £775 £719 £614
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £834 £949 £810 £844 £796 £625
SHOP FITTING £1,357 £676 £1,171 £1,264 £1,321 £827
SPECIALIST TRADES £872 £1,067 £867 £881 £820 £1,068
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £766 £1,210 £782 £807 £786 £664
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £946 £997 £804 £960 £879 £768

South West

SOUTH WEST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20
BRICKLAYING £1,474 £949 £1,289 £1,735 £1,615 £726
CIVIL ENGINEERING £808 £832 £757 £800 £768 £608
ELECTRICAL £750 £720 £822 £779 £744 £585
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £676 £820 £891 £938 £937 £862
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £862 £871 £978 £876 £829 £744
INSULATION £1,243 £848 £1,260 £1,300 £1,262 £1,125
JOINERY £1,076 £1,386 £1,321 £1,155 £1,036 £723
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £687 £934 £657 £723 £713 £437
PLASTERING £809 £1,138 £677 £682 £591 £531
PLUMBING £1,764 £932 £1,335 £1,750 £1,650 £699
ROOFING £856 £798 £760 £847 £787 £527
SPECIALIST TRADES £740 £996 £1,253 £424 £999 £656
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £654 £913 £683 £676 £664 £574