Construction Market Data

Mon November 23 2020

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends May 2020

Demand for labour recovers as more sites reopen

Hudson Contract delivers the most accurate indications of pay trends across the construction industry, using monthly payroll data for more than 2,500 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 the number of tradespeople we paid increased by more than 40 per cent in May with the reopening of more building sites.

Labour demand had fallen by up to 70 per cent during the April lockdown, according to analysis of our payroll data.

Projects are still going ahead

Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson, said: “The good news is demand has recovered and will continue to do so as more sites reopen. Infrastructure, utilities and some large commercial projects are still going ahead.

“The big concern is over the housing sector, where we are seeing large housing schemes being split into smaller phases - such as 500-home sites becoming 100-home sites - and complex or risky projects being land-banked.

“There is reduced productivity across some sites as a result of quotas on the number of operatives allowed on site at any one time, which is driving down rates available to sub-contractors and making it difficult to price future work.

Stimulate the housing market

"The recovery in demand for construction labour could be a dead cat bounce without intervention from the Government to stimulate the housing market.”

Analysis of Hudson payroll data shows average weekly earnings of £827 for freelancers in May, compared to £734 in April.

The best-performing regions for earnings growth were the South West and Wales (up 6.5 per cent) and the North East (up 4 per cent).

Region May 2020 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £728 26.0% 4.0%
North West £795 12.9% -0.4%
Yorkshire and the Humber £753 16.9% -2.6%
East Midlands £814 0.7% -3.9%
West Midlands £907 21.9% 3.3%
Wales £816 15.7% 6.5%
East of England £876 7.9% -0.3%
London £861 6.4% 0.9%
South East £876 13.3% 3.6%
South West £784 19.5% 6.5%

Our industry is very agile

Mr Anfield added: “Despite the negative media coverage that construction often gets, our industry is very agile and did not grind to a halt during the lockdown.

“Our clients are dynamic SMEs run by smart people who are figuring out new ways to work in these new conditions.

“The UK still needs new roads, new infrastructure and new housing and the construction industry will step up and deliver in any circumstances.”

Hudson Contract’s ‘Window on the Construction Industry’ gives you hard figures and data that is not available from any other source, with pay averages that reflect the amounts paid by a sample number of businesses – large and small – to specific trades during 2020.

 

North East

NORTH EAST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £798 £1,416 £827 £798 £708 £636 £682
ELECTRICAL £854 - £1,427 £909 £774 £583 £788
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £739 £986 £1,121 £656 £618 £628
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £834 £1,081 £723 £737 £707 £583 £633
INSULATION £732 £1,123 £768 £817 £780 £503 £801
JOINERY £732 £750 £717 £619 £281 £557
PLASTERING £747 £600 £702 £739 £696 £680 £627
ROOFING £964 £677 £748 £773 £855 £463 £1,085
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £405 £569 £217 £392 £398 £430
SHOP FITTING £689 - £680 £723 £683 £662 £893
SPECIALIST TRADES £872 £754 £588 £604 £669 £560 £602

North West

NORTH WEST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20
BRICKLAYING £762 £908 £741 £809 £720 £684 £731
CIVIL ENGINEERING £786 £1,038 £803 £794 £775 £582 £780
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £765 £808 £799 £795 £777 £563 £748
ELECTRICAL £935 £1,082 £868 £891 £931 £695 £779
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £689 £667 £931 £731 £739 £701 £783
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,032 £917 £992 £1,076 £1,022 £920 £910
INSULATION £700 £1,156 £614 £802 £684 £423 £544
JOINERY £1,191 £571 £1,121 £1,184 £1,154 £799 £1,178
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,175 £979 £1,270 £1,067 £1,037 £878 £669
PLASTERING £681 £770 £653 £596 £724 £713 £533
PLUMBING £986 £857 £729 £893 £861 £1,329 £890
ROOFING £967 £874 £882 £860 £918 £719 £883
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £708 £1,140 £700 £673 £590 £531 £618
SHOP FITTING £1,177 £987 £1,065 £1,190 £1,053 £451 £1,103
SPECIALIST TRADES £795 £1,018 £768 £813 £772 £711 £764
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £645 £558 £614 £613 £678 £273 £635
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,012 £802 £788 £969 £943 £705 £816

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20
BRICKLAYING £740 £948 £690 £715 £820 £621 £709
CIVIL ENGINEERING £828 £1,114 £834 £833 £990 £674 £749
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £810 £865 £886 £815 £589 £646 £609
ELECTRICAL £988 £868 £899 £920 £1,385 £799 £732
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £890 £883 £808 £846 £779 £707 £809
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £832 £888 £822 £830 £920 £707 £768
INSULATION £762 £976 £653 £790 £869 £559 £710
JOINERY £738 £802 £754 £779 £1,161 £497 £694
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,100 £690 £939 £972 £1,343 £572 £787
PLASTERING £809 £1,241 £815 £831 £669 £696 £890
PLUMBING £782 £839 £876 £831 £992 £566 £592
ROOFING £673 £906 £699 £679 £577 £527 £597
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £550 £921 £524 £512 £700 £543 £596
SHOP FITTING £1,378 £718 £1,236 £1,433 £1,623 £439 £915
SPECIALIST TRADES £854 £880 £1,038 £777 £898 £736 £759
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £956 £432 £964 £1,195 - £845 £1,062
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £869 £865 £692 £797 £844 £675 £688

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £849 £1,238 £895 £905 £859 £615 £699
ELECTRICAL £977 £640 £880 £970 £749 £831 £875
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,120 £1,067 £1,010 £1,114 £1,042 £928 £833
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,037 £1,064 £1,038 £1,023 £1,001 £842 £987
INSULATION £927 £1,300 £848 £901 £840 £980 £721
JOINERY £801 - £810 £775 £836 £635 £681
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,824 £1,061 £1,855 £1,826 £1,558 £1,532 £1,334
PLASTERING £827 £829 £939 £848 £760 £639 £723
PLUMBING £882 £978 £1,240 £1,339 £1,072 £956 £968
ROOFING £934 £1,125 £937 £932 £844 £642 £729
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £860 £1,052 £778 £848 £785 £518 £678
SHOP FITTING £692 - £1,763 £1,011 £1,171 £982 £823
SPECIALIST TRADES £828 £1,048 £980 £853 £902 £795 £817
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £968 - £617 £890 £673 £678 £537
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £948 £1,261 £975 £982 £894 £714 £805

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20
BRICKLAYING £975 £1,210 £879 £866 £716 £728 £969
CIVIL ENGINEERING £987 £1,096 £925 £1,003 £821 £652 £866
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £657 £1,009 £676 £681 £779 £758 £599
ELECTRICAL £1,245 £927 £1,423 £1,279 £1,120 £1,143 £1,126
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £948 £1,238 £920 £952 £761 £764 £811
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £915 £1,115 £1,125 £957 £789 £620 £809
INSULATION £845 £1,859 £762 £861 £733 £888 £1,034
JOINERY £1,124 £689 £1,256 £1,070 £644 £706 £1,026
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,574 £649 £1,540 £1,863 £992 £1,074 £1,960
PLASTERING £635 £699 £745 £629 £747 £636 £711
PLUMBING £1,183 £699 £1,484 £1,151 £789 £945 £1,043
ROOFING £578 £1,076 £596 £578 £677 £439 £531
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £634 £1,233 £720 £673 £544 £608 £653
SHOP FITTING £1,239 £630 £1,597 £1,223 £1,132 £493 £1,262
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,022 £1,062 £733 £1,012 £787 £744 £799
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £853 £1,009 £697 £790 £961 £685 £677

Wales

WALES Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £767 £957 £769 £781 £766 £682 £759
ELECTRICAL £918 £882 £894 £991 £990 £966
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,263 £766 £1,760 £1,193 £1,578 £1,300 £1,308
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £907 £905 £875 £915 £892 £712 £825
JOINERY £953 - £569 £429 £530 £638
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING - - £662 £689 £762 £411 £580
PLASTERING £1,505 £585 £1,260 £1,365 £1,225 £1,400
PLUMBING £914 £1,445 £870 £986 £971 £720 £592
ROOFING £551 £836 £467 £550 £509 £366 £607
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £730 £814 £688 £691 £621 £477 £520
SPECIALIST TRADES £812 £959 £810 £867 £910 £583 £791
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,002 £705 £749 £659 £909 £436 £980
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,185 £982 £1,320 £733 £1,392 £795 £600

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20
BRICKLAYING £804 £1,435 £783 £791 £737 £666 £738
CIVIL ENGINEERING £959 £1,307 £979 £978 £912 £575 £829
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £781 £942 £831 £836 £790 £715 £714
ELECTRICAL £1,451 £709 £1,476 £1,465 £1,492 £1,174 £1,295
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £908 £953 £1,032 £985 £966 £744 £928
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £962 £848 £943 £973 £911 £765 £857
INSULATION £1,012 £905 £936 £997 £937 £684 £1,047
JOINERY £1,200 £955 £1,363 £1,264 £1,247 £1,527 £884
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,181 £829 £1,155 £1,067 £1,063 £787 £920
PLASTERING £872 £943 £887 £879 £969 £853 £1,013
PLUMBING £1,324 £1,120 £1,420 £1,306 £1,298 £1,079 £979
ROOFING £806 £970 £777 £814 £851 £740 £755
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £918 £977 £903 £914 £793 £711 £730
SHOP FITTING £1,192 £708 £1,095 £1,698 £1,492 £1,486 £1,133
SPECIALIST TRADES £819 £1,055 £832 £843 £775 £584 £736
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £686 - £639 £728 £697 £392 £780
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £735 £907 £706 £741 £670 £459 £623

London

LONDON Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20
BRICKLAYING £750 £1,042 £714 £750 £704 £643 £741
CIVIL ENGINEERING £840 £1,121 £821 £838 £830 £635 £798
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £808 £885 - - -
ELECTRICAL £1,023 £929 £1,297 £1,075 £966 £730 £807
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £765 £978 £867 £812 £894 £531 £671
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,068 £868 £1,229 £1,104 £1,105 £935 £924
INSULATION £896 £517 £1,710 £765 £806 £1,370 £711
JOINERY £1,158 £1,763 £1,173 £1,170 £963 £789 £643
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £991 £1,024 £1,290 £942 £918 £925 £1,040
PLASTERING £695 £878 £643 £779 £743
PLUMBING £1,117 £914 £1,489 £1,204 £1,158 £914 £1,161
ROOFING £916 £1,001 £838 £937 £879 £766 £722
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,033 £1,107 £1,012 £961 £836 £727 £820
SHOP FITTING £838 £1,549 £1,984 £809 £766 £947 £1,244
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,122 £1,124 £1,079 £1,100 £973 £934 £924
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £582 - £823 £669 £662 £776 £700
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £575 £817 £467 £525 £500

South East

SOUTH EAST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20
BRICKLAYING £820 £1,234 £778 £798 £726 £650 £846
CIVIL ENGINEERING £828 £1,192 £841 £836 £816 £589 £753
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,241 £905 £1,031 £1,221 £1,207 £1,012 £1,070
ELECTRICAL £1,318 £1,138 £1,481 £1,337 £1,447 £950 £1,191
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £870 £869 £891 £933 £908 £722 £803
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £889 £1,014 £925 £899 £835 £767 £831
INSULATION - £369 £950 £950 £997 £712 £902
JOINERY £1,042 £693 £1,120 £1,028 £950 £929 £1,065
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,061 £842 £1,497 £1,099 £1,058 £654 £1,193
PLASTERING £683 £970 £777 £775 £739 £325 £673
PLUMBING £1,111 £861 £1,286 £1,118 £918 £1,004 £781
ROOFING £799 £1,011 £786 £775 £719 £614 £708
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £834 £949 £810 £844 £796 £625 £666
SHOP FITTING £1,357 £676 £1,171 £1,264 £1,321 £827 £1,972
SPECIALIST TRADES £872 £1,067 £867 £881 £820 £1,068 £742
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £766 £1,210 £782 £807 £786 £664 £723
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £946 £997 £804 £960 £879 £768 £594

South West

SOUTH WEST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20
BRICKLAYING £1,474 £949 £1,289 £1,735 £1,615 £726 £540
CIVIL ENGINEERING £808 £832 £757 £800 £768 £608 £775
ELECTRICAL £750 £720 £822 £779 £744 £585 £655
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £676 £820 £891 £938 £937 £862
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £862 £871 £978 £876 £829 £744 £854
INSULATION £1,243 £848 £1,260 £1,300 £1,262 £1,125 £1,201
JOINERY £1,076 £1,386 £1,321 £1,155 £1,036 £723 £898
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £687 £934 £657 £723 £713 £437 £678
PLASTERING £809 £1,138 £677 £682 £591 £531 £687
PLUMBING £1,764 £932 £1,335 £1,750 £1,650 £699
ROOFING £856 £798 £760 £847 £787 £527 £772
SPECIALIST TRADES £740 £996 £1,253 £424 £999 £656 £774
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £654 £913 £683 £676 £664 £574 £607