Construction Market Data

Thu October 29 2020

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends July 2020

Construction recovery: SMEs weather the storm better than large firms

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.

Smaller construction companies are leading the recovery from the economic downturn, according to our analysis.

As the industry’s biggest payer of subcontractors, our payroll data provides a unique insight into demand for labour.

Our findings show that SMEs appear to have bounced back faster than their large counterparts. They are using 21 per cent fewer subcontractors than the week before lockdown. Large firms meanwhile have cut 30 per cent of subcontractors.

Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “SMEs are leading the recovery in the construction industry.

“Smaller companies are proving more resilient, agile and adaptive to the new circumstances and are investing in skilled subcontractors to retain productive labour and finish jobs.

“They will help Britain to build the new homes and infrastructure we need to ensure a sustainable economic recovery.”

Mr Anfield added: “By contrast, large construction firms tend to work on more complex projects which have been hit harder by the downturn.

“They are also reporting a shortage of labour as a result of generous Government support schemes.”

The activity levels of large firms have recovered since the depths of lockdown when the average number of subcontractors paid fell by 77 per cent.

The average number used by smaller firms dipped by 66 per cent.

We compared the average number of freelance tradespeople paid in the weeks commencing March 16, April 20 and July 20.

The analysis reflects the labour demands of micro, small, medium and large companies that continued to operate during the period.

Overall, average weekly earnings for subcontractors recovered by 4.8 per cent to £889 during the month of July, the highest number since March.

The best-performing regions were Wales (up 12 per cent), Yorkshire and the Humber (up 9.9 per cent) and the East of England and South East (both up 7.8 per cent).

Region July 2020 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £750 -1.3% -3.6%
North West £825 2.2% -5.4%
Yorkshire and the Humber £836 9.9% -3.6%
East Midlands £876 7.4% -7.1%
West Midlands £922 3.9% -6.2%
Wales £915 12.0% 12.0%
East of England £966 7.8% 1.9%
London £899 -2.8% -2.1%
South East £958 7.8% 3.8%
South West £880 0.2% 8.8%

North East

NORTH EAST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £798 £1,416 £827 £798 £708 £636 £682 £786 £871
ELECTRICAL £854 - £1,427 £909 £774 £583 £788 £766 £774
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £739 £986 £1,121 £656 £618 - £628 £667 £541
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £834 £1,081 £723 £737 £707 £583 £633 £665 £669
INSULATION £732 £1,123 £768 £817 £780 £503 £801 £768 £795
JOINERY £732 £750 £717 £619 £281 £557 £666 £669
PLASTERING £747 £600 £702 £739 £696 £680 £627 £621 £595
ROOFING £964 £677 £748 £773 £855 £463 £1,085 £943 £1,114
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £405 £569 £217 £392 £398 £430 £422 £472
SHOP FITTING £689 - £680 £723 £683 £662 £893 £1,019 £834
SPECIALIST TRADES £872 £754 £588 £604 £669 £560 £602 £737 £564

North West

NORTH WEST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20
BRICKLAYING £762 £908 £741 £809 £720 £684 £731 £714 £776
CIVIL ENGINEERING £786 £1,038 £803 £794 £775 £582 £780 £793 £815
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £765 £808 £799 £795 £777 £563 £748 £671 £692
ELECTRICAL £935 £1,082 £868 £891 £931 £695 £779 £846 £788
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £689 £667 £931 £731 £739 £701 £783 £755 £780
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,032 £917 £992 £1,076 £1,022 £920 £910 £977 £959
INSULATION £700 £1,156 £614 £802 £684 £423 £544 £758 £590
JOINERY £1,191 £571 £1,121 £1,184 £1,154 £799 £1,178 £1,218 £1,092
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,175 £979 £1,270 £1,067 £1,037 £878 £669 £813 £995
PLASTERING £681 £770 £653 £596 £724 £713 £533 £410 £646
PLUMBING £986 £857 £729 £893 £861 £1,329 £890 £808 £965
ROOFING £967 £874 £882 £860 £918 £719 £883 £846 £892
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £708 £1,140 £700 £673 £590 £531 £618 £648 £637
SHOP FITTING £1,177 £987 £1,065 £1,190 £1,053 £451 £1,103 £914 £830
SPECIALIST TRADES £795 £1,018 £768 £813 £772 £711 £764 £732 £787
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £645 £558 £614 £613 £678 £273 £635 £528 £558
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,012 £802 £788 £969 £943 £705 £816 £894 £876

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20
BRICKLAYING £740 £948 £690 £715 £820 £621 £709 £708 £792
CIVIL ENGINEERING £828 £1,114 £834 £833 £990 £674 £749 £743 £819
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £810 £865 £886 £815 £589 £646 £609 £754 £742
ELECTRICAL £988 £868 £899 £920 £1,385 £799 £732 £823 £981
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £890 £883 £808 £846 £779 £707 £809 £808 £829
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £832 £888 £822 £830 £920 £707 £768 £765 £830
INSULATION £762 £976 £653 £790 £869 £559 £710 £685 £666
JOINERY £738 £802 £754 £779 £1,161 £497 £694 £709 £755
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,100 £690 £939 £972 £1,343 £572 £787 £829 £1,012
PLASTERING £809 £1,241 £815 £831 £669 £696 £890 £787 £777
PLUMBING £782 £839 £876 £831 £992 £566 £592 £685 £695
ROOFING £673 £906 £699 £679 £577 £527 £597 £567 £693
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £550 £921 £524 £512 £700 £543 £596 £559 £586
SHOP FITTING £1,378 £718 £1,236 £1,433 £1,623 £439 £915 £1,021 £1,175
SPECIALIST TRADES £854 £880 £1,038 £777 £898 £736 £759 £677 £821
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £956 £432 £964 £1,195 - £845 £1,062 £1,026 £1,099
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £869 £865 £692 £797 £844 £675 £688 £761 £841

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £849 £1,238 £895 £905 £859 £615 £699 £737 £817
ELECTRICAL £977 £640 £880 £970 £749 £831 £875 £827 £841
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,120 £1,067 £1,010 £1,114 £1,042 £928 £833 £759 £885
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,037 £1,064 £1,038 £1,023 £1,001 £842 £987 £934 £948
INSULATION £927 £1,300 £848 £901 £840 £980 £721 £790 £919
JOINERY £801 - £810 £775 £836 £635 £681 £763 £648
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,824 £1,061 £1,855 £1,826 £1,558 £1,532 £1,334 £1,378 £1,480
PLASTERING £827 £829 £939 £848 £760 £639 £723 £751 £764
PLUMBING £882 £978 £1,240 £1,339 £1,072 £956 £968 £973 £1,039
ROOFING £934 £1,125 £937 £932 £844 £642 £729 £695 £786
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £860 £1,052 £778 £848 £785 £518 £678 £728 £752
SHOP FITTING £692 - £1,763 £1,011 £1,171 £982 £823 £662 £763
SPECIALIST TRADES £828 £1,048 £980 £853 £902 £795 £817 £811 £801
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £968 - £617 £890 £673 £678 £537 £645 £898
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £948 £1,261 £975 £982 £894 £714 £805 £806 £899

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20
BRICKLAYING £975 £1,210 £879 £866 £716 £728 £969 £884 £881
CIVIL ENGINEERING £987 £1,096 £925 £1,003 £821 £652 £866 £858 £919
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £657 £1,009 £676 £681 £779 £758 £599 £642 £692
ELECTRICAL £1,245 £927 £1,423 £1,279 £1,120 £1,143 £1,126 £1,217 £1,322
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £948 £1,238 £920 £952 £761 £764 £811 £828 £873
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £915 £1,115 £1,125 £957 £789 £620 £809 £813 £872
INSULATION £845 £1,859 £762 £861 £733 £888 £1,034 £775 £849
JOINERY £1,124 £689 £1,256 £1,070 £644 £706 £1,026 £1,114 £1,052
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,574 £649 £1,540 £1,863 £992 £1,074 £1,960 £1,306 £795
PLASTERING £635 £699 £745 £629 £747 £636 £711 £700 £666
PLUMBING £1,183 £699 £1,484 £1,151 £789 £945 £1,043 £748 £935
ROOFING £578 £1,076 £596 £578 £677 £439 £531 £539 £588
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £634 £1,233 £720 £673 £544 £608 £653 £646 £696
SHOP FITTING £1,239 £630 £1,597 £1,223 £1,132 £493 £1,262 £1,611 £1,749
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,022 £1,062 £733 £1,012 £787 £744 £799 £926 £973
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £853 £1,009 £697 £790 £961 £685 £677 £708 £728

Wales

WALES Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £767 £957 £769 £781 £766 £682 £759 £778 £829
ELECTRICAL £918 £882 £894 £991 £990 - £966 £406 £1,201
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,263 £766 £1,760 £1,193 £1,578 £1,300 £1,308 £1,300 £1,431
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £907 £905 £875 £915 £892 £712 £825 £800 £872
JOINERY £953 - £569 £429 £530 £638 - - -
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING - - £662 £689 £762 £411 £580 £427 £462
PLASTERING £1,505 £585 £1,260 £1,365 £1,225 - £1,400 £1,260 £1,260
PLUMBING £914 £1,445 £870 £986 £971 £720 £592 £859 £911
ROOFING £551 £836 £467 £550 £509 £366 £607 - £923
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £730 £814 £688 £691 £621 £477 £520 £556 £555
SPECIALIST TRADES £812 £959 £810 £867 £910 £583 £791 £795 £863
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,002 £705 £749 £659 £909 £436 £980 £840 £878
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 Jun-20 Jul-20
BRICKLAYING £804 £1,435 £783 £791 £737 £666 £738 £680 £764
CIVIL ENGINEERING £959 £1,307 £979 £978 £912 £575 £829 £784 £889
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £781 £942 £831 £836 £790 £715 £714 £713 £792
ELECTRICAL £1,451 £709 £1,476 £1,465 £1,492 £1,174 £1,295 £1,344 £1,528
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £908 £953 £1,032 £985 £966 £744 £928 £931 £893
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £962 £848 £943 £973 £911 £765 £857 £851 £894
INSULATION £1,012 £905 £936 £997 £937 £684 £1,047 £952 £915
JOINERY £1,200 £955 £1,363 £1,264 £1,247 £1,527 £884 £1,168 £1,208
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,181 £829 £1,155 £1,067 £1,063 £787 £920 £1,102 £1,028
PLASTERING £872 £943 £887 £879 £969 £853 £1,013 £815 £1,250
PLUMBING £1,324 £1,120 £1,420 £1,306 £1,298 £1,079 £979 £1,039 £1,104
ROOFING £806 £970 £777 £814 £851 £740 £755 £796 £862
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £918 £977 £903 £914 £793 £711 £730 £745 £801
SHOP FITTING £1,192 £708 £1,095 £1,698 £1,492 £1,486 £1,133 £1,424 £1,356
SPECIALIST TRADES £819 £1,055 £832 £843 £775 £584 £736 £754 £755
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £686 - £639 £728 £697 £392 £780 £641 £830
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £735 £907 £706 £741 £670 £459 £623 £626 £609

London

LONDON Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20
BRICKLAYING £750 £1,042 £714 £750 £704 £643 £741 £746 £789
CIVIL ENGINEERING £840 £1,121 £821 £838 £830 £635 £798 £806 £808
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £808 £885 - - - - - £651 -
ELECTRICAL £1,023 £929 £1,297 £1,075 £966 £730 £807 £1,037 £919
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £765 £978 £867 £812 £894 £531 £671 £681 £601
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,068 £868 £1,229 £1,104 £1,105 £935 £924 £1,012 £958
INSULATION £896 £517 £1,710 £765 £806 £1,370 £711 £872 £784
JOINERY £1,158 £1,763 £1,173 £1,170 £963 £789 £643 £767 £802
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £991 £1,024 £1,290 £942 £918 £925 £1,040 £1,185 £998
PLASTERING £695 £878 £643 £779 £743 - - - -
PLUMBING £1,117 £914 £1,489 £1,204 £1,158 £914 £1,161 £1,158 £1,109
ROOFING £916 £1,001 £838 £937 £879 £766 £722 £858 £884
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,033 £1,107 £1,012 £961 £836 £727 £820 £908 £896
SHOP FITTING £838 £1,549 £1,984 £809 £766 £947 £1,244 £1,101 £1,114
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,122 £1,124 £1,079 £1,100 £973 £934 £924 £973 £1,078
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £582 - £823 £669 £662 £776 £700 £1,047 £816
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £575 £817 £467 £525 £500 - - £566 £600

South East

SOUTH EAST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20
BRICKLAYING £820 £1,234 £778 £798 £726 £650 £846 £943 £984
CIVIL ENGINEERING £828 £1,192 £841 £836 £816 £589 £753 £785 £837
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,241 £905 £1,031 £1,221 £1,207 £1,012 £1,070 £1,188 £1,153
ELECTRICAL £1,318 £1,138 £1,481 £1,337 £1,447 £950 £1,191 £1,220 £1,307
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £870 £869 £891 £933 £908 £722 £803 £777 £834
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £889 £1,014 £925 £899 £835 £767 £831 £842 £870
INSULATION - £369 £950 £950 £997 £712 £902 £902 £950
JOINERY £1,042 £693 £1,120 £1,028 £950 £929 £1,065 £1,206 £1,097
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,061 £842 £1,497 £1,099 £1,058 £654 £1,193 £1,051 £1,128
PLASTERING £683 £970 £777 £775 £739 £325 £673 £727 £745
PLUMBING £1,111 £861 £1,286 £1,118 £918 £1,004 £781 £940 £999
ROOFING £799 £1,011 £786 £775 £719 £614 £708 £751 £785
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £834 £949 £810 £844 £796 £625 £666 £674 £849
SHOP FITTING £1,357 £676 £1,171 £1,264 £1,321 £827 £1,972 £1,096 £1,288
SPECIALIST TRADES £872 £1,067 £867 £881 £820 £1,068 £742 £747 £791
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £766 £1,210 £782 £807 £786 £664 £723 £762 £772
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £946 £997 £804 £960 £879 £768 £594 £609 £957

South West

SOUTH WEST Nov-19 Dec-19 Jan-20 Feb-20 Mar-20 Apr-20 May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20
BRICKLAYING £1,474 £949 £1,289 £1,735 £1,615 £726 £540 - -
CIVIL ENGINEERING £808 £832 £757 £800 £768 £608 £775 £722 £774
ELECTRICAL £750 £720 £822 £779 £744 £585 £655 £719 £779
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £676 £820 £891 £938 £937 £862 - - -
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £862 £871 £978 £876 £829 £744 £854 £848 £910
INSULATION £1,243 £848 £1,260 £1,300 £1,262 £1,125 £1,201 £1,442 £1,455
JOINERY £1,076 £1,386 £1,321 £1,155 £1,036 £723 £898 £1,018 £983
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £687 £934 £657 £723 £713 £437 £678 £726 £712
PLASTERING £809 £1,138 £677 £682 £591 £531 £687 £703 £904
PLUMBING £1,764 £932 £1,335 £1,750 £1,650 £699 - £1,729 £1,702
ROOFING £856 £798 £760 £847 £787 £527 £772 £784 £720
SPECIALIST TRADES £740 £996 £1,253 £424 £999 £656 £774 £1,096 £812
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £654 £913 £683 £676 £664 £574 £607 £591 £614