Construction Market Data

Mon March 04 2024

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends August 2020

8 out of 10 subbies back on building sites

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.

Demand for labour in the UK construction industry has recovered 79 per cent of pre-lockdown capacity, according to the biggest payer of subcontractors in the sector.

Hudson Contract made a total of 117,591 payments to freelance operatives in August, compared to a peak of 149,067 in February and a trough of 80,625 in April.

The bounce-back points to a V-shaped recovery for the construction sector.

Ian Anfield, managing director, said: “There is no shortage of work for highly skilled tradespeople, whether they are groundworkers, bricklayers, plasterers or plumbers.

“Building sites are becoming more productive per head and the quality of work is improving because they only have the best lads working on them.

“Building firms have been tightening up on surplus labour because their margins are being squeezed by main contractors asking for discounts, social distancing measures on site and larger projects splitting into smaller schemes.”

Mr Anfield added the remaining proportion of people are choosing not to return to work as a result of state support schemes or seeking opportunities in other sectors.

Overall, average weekly earnings for subcontractors slipped by 1.3 per cent to £877 during the month of August, a similar drop to last year’s holiday season.

The best-performing regions were the North West (up 5.6 per cent), the North East (up 2 per cent) and London (up 0.3 per cent).

Region August 2020 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £765 2.0% -2.9%
North West £871 5.6% 1.3%
Yorkshire and the Humber £812 -2.9% -4.4%
East Midlands £851 -2.9% -8.6%
West Midlands £905 -1.8% -6.2%
Wales £883 -3.5% 12.2%
East of England £934 -3.3% -0.3%
London £902 0.3% 1.1%
South East £923 -3.7% 2.4%
South West £825 -6.3% 1.5%

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

North East

NORTH EAST May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20 Aug-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £682 £786 £871 £940
ELECTRICAL £788 £766 £774 £739
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £628 £667 £541 £699
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £633 £665 £669 £640
INSULATION £801 £768 £795 £807
JOINERY £557 £666 £669 £692
PLASTERING £627 £621 £595 £620
ROOFING £1,085 £943 £1,114 £1,030
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £430 £422 £472 £447
SHOP FITTING £893 £1,019 £834 £947
SPECIALIST TRADES £602 £737 £564 £533

North West

NORTH WEST May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20 Aug-20
BRICKLAYING £731 £714 £776 £753
CIVIL ENGINEERING £780 £793 £815 £819
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £748 £671 £692 £741
ELECTRICAL £779 £846 £788 £804
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £783 £755 £780 £809
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £910 £977 £959 £952
INSULATION £544 £758 £590 £885
JOINERY £1,178 £1,218 £1,092 £1,283
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £669 £813 £995 £900
PLASTERING £533 £410 £646 £754
PLUMBING £890 £808 £965 £1,308
ROOFING £883 £846 £892 £783
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £618 £648 £637 £711
SHOP FITTING £1,103 £914 £830 £755
SPECIALIST TRADES £764 £732 £787 £866
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £635 £528 £558 £608
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £816 £894 £876 £889

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20 Aug-20
BRICKLAYING £709 £708 £792 £742
CIVIL ENGINEERING £749 £743 £819 £805
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £609 £754 £742 £708
ELECTRICAL £732 £823 £981 £983
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £809 £808 £829 £885
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £768 £765 £830 £794
INSULATION £710 £685 £666 £717
JOINERY £694 £709 £755 £717
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £787 £829 £1,012 £932
PLASTERING £890 £787 £777 £712
PLUMBING £592 £685 £695 £731
ROOFING £597 £567 £693 £660
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £596 £559 £586 £582
SHOP FITTING £915 £1,021 £1,175 £984
SPECIALIST TRADES £759 £677 £821 £794
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,062 £1,026 £1,099 £1,187
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £688 £761 £841 £949

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20 Aug-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £699 £737 £817 £813
ELECTRICAL £875 £827 £841 £921
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £833 £759 £885 £1,037
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £987 £934 £948 £925
INSULATION £721 £790 £919 £805
JOINERY £681 £763 £648 £641
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,334 £1,378 £1,480 £1,649
PLASTERING £723 £751 £764 £835
PLUMBING £968 £973 £1,039 £840
ROOFING £729 £695 £786 £759
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £678 £728 £752 £669
SHOP FITTING £823 £662 £763 £690
SPECIALIST TRADES £817 £811 £801 £734
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £537 £645 £898 £790
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £805 £806 £899 £836

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20 Aug-20
BRICKLAYING £969 £884 £881 £741
CIVIL ENGINEERING £866 £858 £919 £906
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £599 £642 £692 £643
ELECTRICAL £1,126 £1,217 £1,322 £1,430
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £811 £828 £873 £750
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £809 £813 £872 £848
INSULATION £1,034 £775 £849 £894
JOINERY £1,026 £1,114 £1,052 £1,098
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,960 £1,306 £795 £865
PLASTERING £711 £700 £666 £620
PLUMBING £1,043 £748 £935 £925
ROOFING £531 £539 £588 £544
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £653 £646 £696 £670
SHOP FITTING £1,262 £1,611 £1,749 £1,865
SPECIALIST TRADES £799 £926 £973 £912
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £677 £708 £728 £735

Wales

WALES May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20 Aug-20
CIVIL ENGINEERING £759 £778 £829 £764
ELECTRICAL £966 £406 £1,201 £1,812
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,308 £1,300 £1,431 £1,538
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £825 £800 £872 £755
JOINERY - - - -
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £580 £427 £462 £489
PLASTERING £1,400 £1,260 £1,260 £1,225
PLUMBING £592 £859 £911 £716
ROOFING £607 - £923 £924
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £520 £556 £555 £574
SPECIALIST TRADES £791 £795 £863 £820
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £980 £840 £878 £809
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £600 - - -

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20 Aug-20
BRICKLAYING £738 £680 £764 £724
CIVIL ENGINEERING £829 £784 £889 £874
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £714 £713 £792 £725
ELECTRICAL £1,295 £1,344 £1,528 £1,462
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £928 £931 £893 £947
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £857 £851 £894 £893
INSULATION £1,047 £952 £915 £898
JOINERY £884 £1,168 £1,208 £1,305
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £920 £1,102 £1,028 £1,079
PLASTERING £1,013 £815 £1,250 £1,094
PLUMBING £979 £1,039 £1,104 £1,085
ROOFING £755 £796 £862 £769
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £730 £745 £801 £721
SHOP FITTING £1,133 £1,424 £1,356 £1,370
SPECIALIST TRADES £736 £754 £755 £733
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £780 £641 £830 £702
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £623 £626 £609 £595

London

LONDON May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20 Aug-20
BRICKLAYING £741 £746 £789 £787
CIVIL ENGINEERING £798 £806 £808 £814
DEMOLITION & WRECKING - £651 - £594
ELECTRICAL £807 £1,037 £919 £968
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £671 £681 £601 £817
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £924 £1,012 £958 £951
INSULATION £711 £872 £784 -
JOINERY £643 £767 £802 £802
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,040 £1,185 £998 £776
PLASTERING - - - -
PLUMBING £1,161 £1,158 £1,109 £1,175
ROOFING £722 £858 £884 £851
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £820 £908 £896 £853
SHOP FITTING £1,244 £1,101 £1,114 £1,122
SPECIALIST TRADES £924 £973 £1,078 £1,012
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £700 £1,047 £816 £738
SURFACING CONTRACTORS - £566 £600 -

South East

SOUTH EAST May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20 Aug-20
BRICKLAYING £846 £943 £984 £907
CIVIL ENGINEERING £753 £785 £837 £834
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,070 £1,188 £1,153 £1,269
ELECTRICAL £1,191 £1,220 £1,307 £1,368
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £803 £777 £834 £856
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £831 £842 £870 £847
INSULATION £902 £902 £950 £597
JOINERY £1,065 £1,206 £1,097 £1,086
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,193 £1,051 £1,128 £1,245
PLASTERING £673 £727 £745 £645
PLUMBING £781 £940 £999 £981
ROOFING £708 £751 £785 £763
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £666 £674 £849 £836
SHOP FITTING £1,972 £1,096 £1,288 £1,190
SPECIALIST TRADES £742 £747 £791 £692
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £723 £762 £772 £698
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £594 £609 £957 £944

South West

SOUTH WEST May-20 Jun-20 Jul-20 Aug-20
BRICKLAYING £540 - - -
CIVIL ENGINEERING £775 £722 £774 £790
ELECTRICAL £655 £719 £779 £788
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE - - - -
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £854 £848 £910 £870
INSULATION £1,201 £1,442 £1,455 £1,222
JOINERY £898 £1,018 £983 £1,012
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £678 £726 £712 £683
PLASTERING £687 £703 £904 £596
PLUMBING - £1,729 £1,702 £465
ROOFING £772 £784 £720 £765
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING - - - £1,135
SPECIALIST TRADES £774 £1,096 £812 £1,027
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £607 £591 £614 £619