Construction Market Data

Sun September 22 2019

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends May 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 tradespeople in the construction sector decreased last month, according to latest figures released by Hudson Contract.

Analysis of May payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a 5.5 per cent fall to an average of £836.

The North East saw the largest decline with average weekly earnings down 8.4 per cent to £700, followed by the South West, down 6.5 per cent to £736, and the East Midlands, down 6.1 per cent to £847.

Year-on-year earnings fell by an average of 1.2 per cent with the North East again witnessing the biggest drop, down 8.7 per cent.

The North West and London were the only regions to enjoy an increase over the last 12 months, up 6.4 per cent to £798 and 1.1 per cent to £853 respectively.

The 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.

Ian Anfield, managing director at Hudson Contract, said: “Some clients are saying there is less work in the pipeline, which is allowing them to take a more controlled approach to ongoing projects.

“Consequently, freelance tradespeople are doing fewer hours and this is being reflected in their weekly earnings.

“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.

“Despite the fall in May, they are still earning the equivalent of an annual salary of £43,000, which compares favorably against the average UK salary of £29,000.”

Region May 2019 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £700 -8.4% -8.7%
North West £798 -4.7% 6.4%
Yorkshire and the Humber £773 -5.6% -4.3%
East Midlands £847 -6.1% -1.3%
West Midlands £878 -6% -2%
Wales £766 -2.9% -0.3%
East of England £873 -5.9% -4%
London £853 -5.1% 1.1%
South East £845 -4.6% No Change
South West £736 -6.5% -5.9%

With the national fall in earnings, no individual trade gained this month and the ones that lost most are:

Demolition and Wrecking: -11.0%

Reversing after three months of improved earnings

Surfacing Contractors: -7.7%

Particular lack of demand in Wales and London

Bricklaying: -7.0%

Back to rates last seen in January

North East

NORTH EAST Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £845 £837 £820 £771
ELECTRICAL £749 £1,016 £825 £756
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £656 £653 £555 £615
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £758 £785 £784 £702
INSULATION £747 £730 £679 £635
PLASTERING £668 £683 £683 £593
ROOFING £1,031 £1,083 £918 £1,043
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £456 £463 £413 £351
SHOP FITTING £690 £769 £737 £592
SPECIALIST TRADES £552 £596 £649 £624

North West

NORTH WEST Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19
BRICKLAYING £780 £811 £843 £803
CIVIL ENGINEERING £747 £759 £736 £709
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £709 £770 £711 £673
ELECTRICAL £860 £825 £791 £714
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £689 £737 £668 £704
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £806 £836 £821 £773
INSULATION £1,246 £1,205 £1,071 £1,075
JOINERY £1,196 £1,110 £996 £1,020
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,148 £1,230 £1,255 £1,016
PLASTERING £632 £553 £562 £583
PLUMBING £853 £878 £789 £750
ROOFING £800 £846 £826 £789
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £611 £665 £627 £583
SHOP FITTING £994 £1,251 £1,064 £1,104
SPECIALIST TRADES £910 £823 £1,329 £1,242
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £622 £654 £570 £510
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £752 £752 £941 £869

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19
BRICKLAYING £715 £725 £714 £651
CIVIL ENGINEERING £827 £825 £782 £753
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £614 £611 £603 £560
ELECTRICAL £1,008 £930 £895 £802
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £866 £859 £867 £793
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £828 £826 £807 £763
INSULATION £855 £677 £669 £641
JOINERY £739 £845 £785 £740
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,025 £1,028 £1,030 £1,057
PLASTERING £797 £824 £835 £838
PLUMBING £689 £675 £681 £623
ROOFING £644 £696 £646 £621
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £579 £573 £528 £500
SHOP FITTING £1,377 £1,416 £1,171 £1,313
SPECIALIST TRADES £997 £1,017 £1,033 £904
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,030 £1,106 £1,072 £1,346
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £917 £902 £886 £756

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £833 £855 £820 £778
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £767 - - -
ELECTRICAL £993 £914 £955 £872
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £874 £806 £1,111 £979
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,036 £1,026 £1,045 £976
INSULATION £901 £863 £801 £789
JOINERY £834 £829 £801 £824
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,596 £1,634 £2,032 £1,885
PLASTERING £717 £688 £727 £647
PLUMBING £1,120 £1,175 £1,173 £1,115
ROOFING £935 £798 £906 £826
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £810 £790 £791 £755
SHOP FITTING £1,379 £879 £838 £843
SPECIALIST TRADES £923 £823 £809 £787
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,002 £671 £1,175 £1,145
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £863 £911 £860 £784

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19
BRICKLAYING £825 £828 £836 £830
CIVIL ENGINEERING £967 £969 £951 £896
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £607 £624 £596 £542
ELECTRICAL £1,207 £1,213 £1,148 £1,108
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £864 £834 £800 £824
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £902 £897 £880 £825
INSULATION £901 £855 £832 £818
JOINERY £1,109 £1,196 £1,152 £1,081
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,184 £1,118 £1,220 £1,432
PLASTERING £661 £724 £786 £591
PLUMBING £1,097 £911 £896 £985
ROOFING £616 £596 £589 £559
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £720 £688 £748 £628
SHOP FITTING £965 £1,186 £1,246 £1,188
SPECIALIST TRADES £869 £912 £994 £872
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £771 £838 £780 £707

Wales

WALES Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £756 £768 £738 £708
ELECTRICAL £924 £891 £800 £738
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,383 £1,409 £1,224 £1,273
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £927 £886 £869 £901
Joinery - £1,102 £409 £1,455
PLASTERING £1,366 £1,203 £1,170 £1,056
PLUMBING £949 £1,079 £938 £917
ROOFING £431 £520 £476 £441
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £736 £789 £881 £806
SPECIALIST TRADES £747 £774 £789 £751
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £834 £757 £827 £665
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,244 £1,229 £1,287 £1,045

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19
BRICKLAYING £750 £781 £794 £728
CIVIL ENGINEERING £914 £958 £898 £843
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £742 £789 £689 £763
ELECTRICAL £1,320 £1,304 £1,292 £1,241
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £904 £917 £848 £820
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £946 £975 £931 £878
INSULATION £1,000 £945 £965 £885
JOINERY £1,329 £1,225 £1,336 £1,260
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,018 £1,289 £1,224 £1,078
PLASTERING £901 £939 £872 £838
PLUMBING £1,350 £1,330 £1,349 £1,281
ROOFING £778 £760 £733 £672
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £853 £875 £864 £829
SHOP FITTING £1,338 £1,331 £1,330 £1,258
SPECIALIST TRADES £912 £886 £828 £832
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £693 £661 £674 £624
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £738 £758 £695 £683

London

LONDON Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19
BRICKLAYING £713 £742 £753 £695
CIVIL ENGINEERING £835 £827 £821 £785
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £786 - - £465
ELECTRICAL £1,098 £1,082 £1,059 £969
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £942 £726 £740 £826
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,004 £987 £992 £918
INSULATION £866 £924 £805 £956
JOINERY £1,113 £1,140 £1,086 £1,123
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,115 £1,146 £1,132 £989
PLASTERING £1,320 £675 £555 £503
PLUMBING £999 £983 £916 £906
ROOFING £905 £934 £931 £861
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,152 £1,137 £1,119 £1,056
SHOP FITTING £1,136 £1,035 £912 £983
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,125 £1,101 £1,059 £1,051
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £987 £1,131 £1,112 £945
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £500 £1,000 £627 £467

South East

SOUTH EAST Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19
BRICKLAYING £749 £802 £780 £738
CIVIL ENGINEERING £793 £824 £799 £760
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,210 £1,186 £1,244 £1,083
ELECTRICAL £1,104 £1,166 £1,203 £1,157
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £847 £821 £771 £745
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £845 £886 £851 £835
INSULATION £729 £875 - £865
JOINERY £1,037 £986 £1,009 £956
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,015 £1,062 £935 £969
PLASTERING £756 £758 £762 £661
PLUMBING £1,105 £1,083 £1,086 £1,105
ROOFING £738 £784 £760 £692
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £817 £841 £793 £783
SHOP FITTING £1,367 £1,387 £1,215 £1,269
SPECIALIST TRADES £856 £826 £853 £782
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £754 £783 £737 £685
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £832 £850 £893 £849

South West

SOUTH WEST Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19
BRICKLAYING £1,543 £1,740 £1,701 £1,222
CIVIL ENGINEERING £725 £743 £703 £685
ELECTRICAL £624 £732 £647 £695
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £761 £852 £834 £789
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £860 £849 £829 £791
INSULATION £1,340 £1,483 £1,254 £1,218
JOINERY £992 £1,069 £1,145 £1,019
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £616 £689 £626 £587
PLASTERING £765 £722 £786 £648
PLUMBING £1,188 £1,763 £1,441 £1,540
ROOFING £839 £866 £857 £764
SHOP FITTING - - - £846
SPECIALIST TRADES £723 £802 £1,196 £846
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £620 £685 £612 £587