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Mon March 04 2024

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends May 2021

A shortage of EU workers is driving up labour costs in London, the latest analysis of pay trends in the construction industry suggests.

New payroll data from Hudson Contract shows average earnings in London increased by 4.5 per cent during May to £885 per week.

The £1.6bn-turnover group is the UK’s largest provider of tax status and employment contract services to the sector and supplies more than 2,500 companies across England and Wales.

Ian Anfield, managing director, said: “We are starting to see the impact of people leaving the UK ahead of the EU Settlement Scheme deadline on June 30 and not being replaced by incomers.

“First and foremost, this is affecting London which has the highest concentration of foreign construction workers and the most transient labour market.

“The Brexit effect on labour supply is slower the further away you go from the capital and many EU workers have settled in the North of England.

“In central London, the prime housing market is growing for the first time since the start of the pandemic, a sure sign of the high spirits felt across the entire sector.”

The West Midlands also saw a significant rise in weekly earnings for subcontractors, increasing by 3.5 per cent to £920 during May.

The region tends to have a larger supply of domestic tradespeople who have traditionally commanded higher earnings.

The cost increase mirrors an acute shortage of building materials in the West Midlands as a result of significant housebuilding activity and major infrastructure projects in Birmingham including new stations for high-speed rail and facilities for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Mr Anfield added: “There is shedloads of construction work about and growing pressure on the availability of both labour and materials.

“We expect some respite for construction companies with the closure of the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme in September which should encourage claimants back onto sites.”

NATIONAL WEEKLY AVERAGE EARNINGS APRIL 2021: £885

Region May 2021 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £671 -8.6% -7.8%
North West £827 -4.1% 4.0%
Yorkshire and the Humber £821 0.5% 9.0%
East Midlands £954 1.7% 17.2%
West Midlands £920 3.5% 1.4%
Wales £887 2.8% 8.7%
East of England £949 -0.3% 8.3%
London £885 4.5% 2.8%
South East £923 0.7% 5.4%
South West £863 1.9% 10.1%

Last month, mechanical and engineering tradespeople had the strongest growth in earnings which rose 5.7 per cent to £1,068 per week.

They were followed by joinery and plumbing contractors, whose earnings increased by 4.5 per cent to £1,011 and £967 respectively.

Hudson 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.

It supplies statistics to the Bank of England to keep policymakers updated with real-time insights on demand for skilled labour.

North East

NORTH EAST Feb-21 Mar-21 Apr-21 May-21
CIVIL ENGINEERING £922 £907 £874 £723
ELECTRICAL £687 - - -
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £853 £451 £577 £735
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £645 £748 £716 £738
INSULATION - - - -
JOINERY £758 £769 £696 £700
PLASTERING £765 £783 £710 £687
ROOFING £1,038 £1,061 £825 £784
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £535 £535 £514 £434
SHOP FITTING £560 £630 £592 £608
SPECIALIST TRADES £704 £745 £691 £500

North West

NORTH WEST Feb-21 Mar-21 Apr-21 May-21
BRICKLAYING £685 £725 £770 £727
CIVIL ENGINEERING £779 £796 £756 £781
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £805 £801 £772 £724
ELECTRICAL £926 £844 £840 £834
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £716 £712 £720 £741
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £967 £1,010 £998 £1,010
INSULATION £822 £745 £609 £711
JOINERY £1,203 £1,334 £1,175 £1,187
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,140 £933 £987 £962
PLASTERING £564 £556 £670 £631
PLUMBING £941 £852 £951 £844
ROOFING £915 £1,087 £713 £612
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £712 £746 £685 £720
SHOP FITTING £1,051 £1,064 £928 £935
SPECIALIST TRADES £709 £820 £677 £687
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £545 £1,448 £1,187 £623
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £962 £977 £1,038 £1,014

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Feb-21 Mar-21 Apr-21 May-21
BRICKLAYING £692 £761 £695 £701
CIVIL ENGINEERING £787 £842 £759 £776
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £734 £708 £656 £665
ELECTRICAL £1,104 £1,108 £871 £928
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £763 £823 £746 £779
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £800 £870 £820 £826
INSULATION £725 - - -
JOINERY £794 £788 £719 £687
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,062 £1,100 £1,030 £1,069
PLASTERING £729 £667 £769 £728
PLUMBING £718 £764 £695 £697
ROOFING £580 £630 £589 £618
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £566 £600 £529 £536
SHOP FITTING £894 £1,086 £1,221 £1,006
SPECIALIST TRADES £730 £898 £855 £1,056
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,285 £1,274 £1,360 £1,280
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £730 £900 £908 £867

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Feb-21 Mar-21 Apr-21 May-21
CIVIL ENGINEERING £873 £935 £892 £876
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £714 £709 £795 -
ELECTRICAL £1,081 £947 £955 £1,016
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £844 £1,068 £976 £899
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £934 £1,051 £995 £964
INSULATION £785 £783 £734 £750
JOINERY £847 £915 £748 £811
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,820 £1,650 £1,782 £1,597
PLASTERING £763 £764 £620 £561
PLUMBING £1,082 £1,202 £1,010 £975
ROOFING £722 £851 £779 £781
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £734 £724 £613 £716
SHOP FITTING £1,059 £1,061 £577 £1,063
SPECIALIST TRADES £797 £735 £720 £732
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,069 £973 £1,041 £1,035
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £846 £1,023 £936 £920

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Feb-21 Mar-21 Apr-21 May-21
BRICKLAYING £731 £925 £882 £872
CIVIL ENGINEERING £965 £1,045 £986 £979
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £548 £613 £507 £604
ELECTRICAL £1,222 £1,225 £1,112 £1,119
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £853 £866 £754 £776
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £914 £883 £839 £874
INSULATION £812 £859 £852 £846
JOINERY £1,184 £1,224 £1,111 £1,253
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,260 £1,389 £1,337 £1,861
PLASTERING £681 £743 £677 £684
PLUMBING £964 £1,017 £864 £935
ROOFING £600 £602 £570 £520
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £642 £657 £620 £656
SHOP FITTING £1,348 £1,065 £1,278 £1,357
SPECIALIST TRADES £826 £940 £1,044 £1,024
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £689 £785 £768 £771

Wales

WALES Feb-21 Mar-21 Apr-21 May-21
BRICKLAYING £1,125 £897 £1,344 £1,870
CIVIL ENGINEERING £756 £779 £737 £714
ELECTRICAL £830 £797 £638 £761
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,266 £1,343 £1,355 £1,454
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £862 £807 £807 £771
JOINERY - - - -
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £914 £700 £897 £766
PLASTERING £881 £738 £1,193 £1,159
PLUMBING £711 £760 £792 £889
ROOFING £609 £531 £482 £435
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £664 £721 £669 £687
SPECIALIST TRADES £774 £769 £721 £689
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,022 £874 £898 £851
SURFACING CONTRACTORS -

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Feb-21 Mar-21 Apr-21 May-21
BRICKLAYING £719 £815 £814 £767
CIVIL ENGINEERING £955 £1,025 £976 £977
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £758 £784 £693 £762
ELECTRICAL £1,544 £1,513 £1,488 £1,459
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £874 £936 £855 £904
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £894 £909 £860 £897
INSULATION £854 £966 £913 £887
JOINERY £1,151 £1,439 £1,260 £1,314
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,214 £1,259 £925 £1,100
PLASTERING £1,032 £999 £924 £973
PLUMBING £1,106 £1,278 £1,203 £1,241
ROOFING £794 £819 £805 £733
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £723 £781 £777 £766
SHOP FITTING £1,539 £1,483 £1,494 £1,362
SPECIALIST TRADES £829 £777 £800 £681
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £750 £726 £688 £666
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £697 £721 £699 £686

London

LONDON Feb-21 Mar-21 Apr-21 May-21
BRICKLAYING £749 £862 £747 £771
CIVIL ENGINEERING £860 £902 £855 £840
DEMOLITION & WRECKING - £939 £958 £658
ELECTRICAL £985 £1,151 £987 £1,051
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £758 £731 £529 £596
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £974 £995 £1,044 £1,013
INSULATION - - - -
JOINERY £932 £926 £866 £900
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £757 £746 £693 £777
PLASTERING - - - -
PLUMBING £1,155 £1,054 £1,029 £1,246
ROOFING £726 £781 £789 £753
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £915 £943 £915 £906
SHOP FITTING £703 £769 £653 £612
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,059 £1,041 £1,004 £1,175
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £733 £781 £726 £744
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £400 £525 £500 £550

South East

SOUTH EAST Feb-21 Mar-21 Apr-21 May-21
BRICKLAYING £757 £989 £960 £938
CIVIL ENGINEERING £798 £831 £768 £819
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,292 £1,338 £1,117 £1,143
ELECTRICAL £1,261 £1,292 £1,293 £1,285
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £837 £926 £882 £894
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £868 £924 £875 £833
INSULATION £801 £811 £766 £788
JOINERY £1,176 £1,056 £967 £983
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,100 £1,131 £979 £1,074
PLASTERING £785 £786 £766 £705
PLUMBING £974 £958 £896 £907
ROOFING £687 £723 £699 £720
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £792 £829 £825 £786
SHOP FITTING £1,276 £1,296 £1,207 £1,198
SPECIALIST TRADES £753 £794 £756 £759
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £871 £830 £747 £797
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £866 £882 £977 £986

South West

SOUTH WEST Feb-21 Mar-21 Apr-21 May-21
BRICKLAYING £540 £600 £552 £570
CIVIL ENGINEERING £809 £834 £789 £799
ELECTRICAL £772 £819 £761 £840
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE - - - -
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £908 £895 £919 £963
INSULATION £1,358 £1,414 £1,268 £1,321
JOINERY £1,099 £1,068 £1,025 £1,104
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £714 £772 £771 £747
PLASTERING £695 £818 £703 £714
PLUMBING £1,275 £915 £849 £872
ROOFING £815 £786 £819 £812
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £709 £876 £853 £815
SPECIALIST TRADES £964 £1,051 £1,069 £922
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £622 £621 £564 £618