Construction Market Data

Sat October 19 2019

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends June 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 bounced back last month, according to latest figures released by Hudson Contract.

Analysis of June payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a 6.8 per cent month-on-month increase to an average of £893.

The strong performance for the month reverses the 5.5 per cent fall seen in May.

The North East region was the biggest winner with weekly earnings rising by 10 per cent to £770, followed by Yorkshire and Humber, up 8.9 per cent to £842, and the South West, up 8.8 per cent to £801.

Weekly earnings for June showed a 4.6 per cent improvement compared to the same month in 2018.

Region June 2019 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £770 10.0% -0.9%
North West £848 6.3% 12.5%
Yorkshire and the Humber £842 8.9% 5.0%
East Midlands £883 4.3% 3.9%
West Midlands £931 6.0% 1.7%
Wales £812 6.0% 4.4%
East of England £930 6.5% 2.5%
London £914 7.2% 7.5%
South East £904 7.0% 3.7%
South West £801 8.8% 3.8%

Mechanical and electrical engineers in the East Midlands topped the table in June, with weekly earnings rising 2.1 per cent to an average of £1,925.

Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “Weekly earnings for every trade rose by last month, a welcome return to growth after the fall in May.

“Freelance tradespeople are the lifeblood of the construction industry, providing specialist and flexible labour to contractors.

“Without their vital contribution to projects, it would be far more challenging for construction businesses to be competitive, productive and innovative.

“Our monthly Pay Trends reports show that skilled freelancers earn a premium for their services and highlight the many opportunities for young people to enter the industry.

“For example, a subcontractor specialising in mechanical and engineering work is earning the equivalent of a £100,000 salary in the East Midlands.”

The findings correspond with the latest IHS Markit / CIPS purchasing managers index for the construction industry which reports that demand for construction staff was relatively resilient in June.

North East

NORTH EAST Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19 Jun-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £837 £820 £771 £808
ELECTRICAL £1,016 £825 £756 £911
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £653 £555 £615 £685
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £785 £784 £702 £778
INSULATION £730 £679 £635 £710
PLASTERING £683 £683 £593 £670
ROOFING £1,083 £918 £1,043 £945
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £463 £413 £351 £468
SHOP FITTING £769 £737 £592 £722
SPECIALIST TRADES £596 £649 £624 £685

North West

NORTH WEST Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19 Jun-19
BRICKLAYING £811 £843 £803 £891
CIVIL ENGINEERING £759 £736 £709 £761
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £770 £711 £673 £723
ELECTRICAL £825 £791 £714 £812
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £737 £668 £704 £754
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £836 £821 £773 £835
INSULATION £1,205 £1,071 £1,075 £1,222
JOINERY £1,110 £996 £1,020 £1,067
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,230 £1,255 £1,016 £1,075
PLASTERING £553 £562 £583 £648
PLUMBING £878 £789 £750 £783
ROOFING £846 £826 £789 £889
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £665 £627 £583 £649
SHOP FITTING £1,251 £1,064 £1,104 £1,060
SPECIALIST TRADES £823 £1,329 £1,242 £1,254
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £654 £570 £510 £640
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £752 £941 £869 £855

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19 Jun-19
BRICKLAYING £725 £714 £651 £767
CIVIL ENGINEERING £825 £782 £753 £803
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £611 £603 £560 £631
ELECTRICAL £930 £895 £802 £884
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £859 £867 £793 £862
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £826 £807 £763 £842
INSULATION £677 £669 £641 £647
JOINERY £845 £785 £740 £701
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,028 £1,030 £1,057 £1,086
PLASTERING £824 £835 £838 £839
PLUMBING £675 £681 £623 £734
ROOFING £696 £646 £621 £733
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £573 £528 £500 £577
SHOP FITTING £1,416 £1,171 £1,313 £1,249
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,017 £1,033 £904 £1,010
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,106 £1,072 £1,346 £1,204
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £902 £886 £756 £841

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19 Jun-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £855 £820 £778 £796
ELECTRICAL £914 £955 £872 £989
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £806 £1,111 £979 £984
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,026 £1,045 £976 £1,042
INSULATION £863 £801 £789 £853
JOINERY £829 £801 £824 £859
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,634 £2,032 £1,885 £1,925
PLASTERING £688 £727 £647 £736
PLUMBING £1,175 £1,173 £1,115 £1,108
ROOFING £798 £906 £826 £796
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £790 £791 £755 £743
SHOP FITTING £879 £838 £843 £678
SPECIALIST TRADES £823 £809 £787 £771
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £671 £1,175 £1,145 £903
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £911 £860 £784 £824

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19 Jun-19
BRICKLAYING £828 £836 £830 £938
CIVIL ENGINEERING £969 £951 £896 £939
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £624 £596 £542 £687
ELECTRICAL £1,213 £1,148 £1,108 £1,189
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £834 £800 £824 £818
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £897 £880 £825 £863
INSULATION £855 £832 £818 £797
JOINERY £1,196 £1,152 £1,081 £1,166
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,118 £1,220 £1,432 £1,549
PLASTERING £724 £786 £591 £754
PLUMBING £911 £896 £985 £1,036
ROOFING £596 £589 £559 £659
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £688 £748 £628 £746
SHOP FITTING £1,186 £1,246 £1,188 £1,466
SPECIALIST TRADES £912 £994 £872 £974
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £838 £780 £707 £769

Wales

WALES Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19 Jun-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £768 £738 £708 £743
ELECTRICAL £891 £800 £738 £859
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,409 £1,224 £1,273 £1,315
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £886 £869 £901 £962
Joinery £1,102 £409 £1,455 £2,228
PLASTERING £1,203 £1,170 £1,056 £977
PLUMBING £1,079 £938 £917 £1,004
ROOFING £520 £476 £441 £554
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £789 £881 £806 £941
SPECIALIST TRADES £774 £789 £751 £808
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £757 £827 £665 £730
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,229 £1,287 £1,045 £1,045

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19 Jun-19
BRICKLAYING £781 £794 £728 £785
CIVIL ENGINEERING £958 £898 £843 £904
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £789 £689 £763 £773
ELECTRICAL £1,304 £1,292 £1,241 £1,326
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £917 £848 £820 £858
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £975 £931 £878 £952
INSULATION £945 £965 £885 £920
JOINERY £1,225 £1,336 £1,260 £1,221
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,289 £1,224 £1,078 £1,132
PLASTERING £939 £872 £838 £864
PLUMBING £1,330 £1,349 £1,281 £1,336
ROOFING £760 £733 £672 £729
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £875 £864 £829 £881
SHOP FITTING £1,331 £1,330 £1,258 £1,290
SPECIALIST TRADES £886 £828 £832 £833
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £661 £674 £624 £691
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £758 £695 £683 £699

London

LONDON Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19 Jun-19
BRICKLAYING £742 £753 £695 £766
CIVIL ENGINEERING £827 £821 £785 £832
DEMOLITION & WRECKING - - £465 £744
ELECTRICAL £1,082 £1,059 £969 £920
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £726 £740 £826 £807
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £987 £992 £918 £1,008
INSULATION £924 £805 £956 £827
JOINERY £1,140 £1,086 £1,123 £1,240
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,146 £1,132 £989 £1,184
PLASTERING £675 £555 £503 £705
PLUMBING £983 £916 £906 £966
ROOFING £934 £931 £861 £988
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,137 £1,119 £1,056 £1,109
SHOP FITTING £1,035 £912 £983 £970
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,101 £1,059 £1,051 £1,138
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,131 £1,112 £945 £1,081
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,000 £627 £467 £518

South East

SOUTH EAST Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19 Jun-19
BRICKLAYING £802 £780 £738 £768
CIVIL ENGINEERING £824 £799 £760 £805
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,186 £1,244 £1,083 £1,220
ELECTRICAL £1,166 £1,203 £1,157 £1,191
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £821 £771 £745 £849
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £886 £851 £835 £899
INSULATION £875 - £865 £843
JOINERY £986 £1,009 £956 £1,008
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,062 £935 £969 £1,048
PLASTERING £758 £762 £661 £719
PLUMBING £1,083 £1,086 £1,105 £1,127
ROOFING £784 £760 £692 £769
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £841 £793 £783 £805
SHOP FITTING £1,387 £1,215 £1,269 £1,441
SPECIALIST TRADES £826 £853 £782 £853
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £783 £737 £685 £750
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £850 £893 £849 £844

South West

SOUTH WEST Mar-19 Apr-19 May-19 Jun-19
BRICKLAYING £1,740 £1,701 £1,222 £1,525
CIVIL ENGINEERING £743 £703 £685 £730
ELECTRICAL £732 £647 £695 £726
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £852 £834 £789 £790
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £849 £829 £791 £865
INSULATION £1,483 £1,254 £1,218 £1,427
JOINERY £1,069 £1,145 £1,019 £1,113
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £689 £626 £587 £649
PLASTERING £722 £786 £648 £798
PLUMBING £1,763 £1,441 £1,540 £1,164
ROOFING £866 £857 £764 £879
SHOP FITTING - - £846 -
SPECIALIST TRADES £802 £1,196 £846 £1,360
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £685 £612 £587 £629