Construction Market Data

Fri December 13 2019

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends September 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 split across ten regions.

Earnings for freelance tradespeople in the construction sector dipped by 1.7 per cent last month, according to latest figures released by Hudson Contract.

Analysis of September payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a weekly average of £889 for subcontractors.

Underlying demand remains strong for tradespeople with average earnings 2.5 per cent higher than the same month last year.

Our regional breakdown shows Wales was the best-performing territory with average earnings rising by 1.1 per cent to £796 a week during September. The country has a number of major construction projects including a £280m schools programme.

Region September 2019 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £773 -1.9% 0.4%
North West £839 -2.4% 8.1%
Yorkshire and the Humber £825 -2.8% 1.1%
East Midlands £908 -2.5% 5.1%
West Midlands £950 -1.6% 2.9%
Wales £796 1.1% -1.8%
East of England £916 -2.2% -0.1%
London £886 -0.7% 2.4%
South East £897 -0.4% 1.0%
South West £799 -1.7% 1.7%

Roofing contractors saw the strongest growth last month with average earnings rising by 2.6 per cent to £834 per week across England and Wales.

They were followed by scaffolding and lifting contractors, up 1.4 per cent to £851, and bricklaying contractors, up 1 per cent to £787.

Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “Beyond the national headlines about Brexit-related uncertainty in the construction sector, we see demand for housing remains high as does demand for highly skilled tradespeople.

“The UK has a shortage of new homes and is way off government targets of 300,000 per year, managing 170,000 completions last year.

“This means self-employed specialists will continue to be able to command a premium for their valuable services.”

North East

NORTH EAST Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £808 £812 £811 £788
ELECTRICAL £911 £996 £874 £815
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £685 £634 £619 £611
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £778 £804 £776 £782
INSULATION £710 £727 £783 £753
PLASTERING £670 £667 £788 £755
ROOFING £945 £915 £874 £1,036
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £468 £415 £422 £490
SHOP FITTING £722 £662 £735 £700
SPECIALIST TRADES £685 £576 £653 £626

North West

NORTH WEST Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19
BRICKLAYING £891 £871 £821 £798
CIVIL ENGINEERING £761 £781 £777 £762
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £723 £765 £778 £681
ELECTRICAL £812 £852 £841 £860
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £754 £757 £737 £694
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £835 £863 £847 £783
INSULATION £1,222 £1,282 £1,405 £999
JOINERY £1,067 £1,075 £1,048 £1,084
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,075 £1,154 £1,138 £939
PLASTERING £648 £608 £567 £549
PLUMBING £783 £799 £945 £873
ROOFING £889 £916 £955 £947
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £649 £641 £649 £644
SHOP FITTING £1,060 £1,260 £1,159 £1,110
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,254 £1,290 £1,247 £1,257
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £640 £561 £530 £693
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £855 £944 £941 £940

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19
BRICKLAYING £767 £767 £777 £704
CIVIL ENGINEERING £803 £826 £833 £824
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £631 £687 £707 £694
ELECTRICAL £884 £909 £854 £925
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £862 £720 £953 £953
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £842 £863 £834 £820
INSULATION £647 £715 £880 £793
JOINERY £701 £793 £767 £685
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,086 £1,131 £999 £1,021
PLASTERING £839 £840 £759 £813
PLUMBING £734 £680 £727 £646
ROOFING £733 £691 £713 £659
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £577 £557 £582 £565
SHOP FITTING £1,249 £1,291 £1,241 £1,379
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,010 £1,014 £981 £773
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,204 £1,132 £925 £662
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £841 £1,031 £928 £904

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £796 £860 £852 £845
ELECTRICAL £989 £1,079 £1,004 £954
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £984 £1,022 £1,028 £1,074
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,042 £1,092 £1,068 £1,020
INSULATION £853 £836 £828 £870
JOINERY £859 £861 £885 £769
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,925 £1,669 £1,674 £1,662
PLASTERING £736 £740 £733 £717
PLUMBING £1,108 £1,282 £1,048 £1,058
ROOFING £796 £854 £814 £958
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £743 £819 £828 £825
SHOP FITTING £678 £827 £756 £1,000
SPECIALIST TRADES £771 £849 £852 £802
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £903 £881 £889 £816
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £824 £907 £919 £903

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19
BRICKLAYING £938 £941 £894 £955
CIVIL ENGINEERING £939 £992 £975 £961
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £687 £662 £619 £579
ELECTRICAL £1,189 £1,207 £1,208 £1,181
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £818 £894 £905 £866
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £863 £960 £915 £898
INSULATION £797 £918 £799 £791
JOINERY £1,166 £1,158 £1,025 £1,057
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,549 £1,653 £1,784 £1,407
PLASTERING £754 £726 £874 £712
PLUMBING £1,036 £1,073 £988 £988
ROOFING £659 £618 £560 £646
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £746 £720 £732 £614
SHOP FITTING £1,466 £1,257 £1,306 £1,306
SPECIALIST TRADES £974 £949 £971 £969
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £769 £825 £843 £829

Wales

WALES Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19
CIVIL ENGINEERING £743 £763 £753 £763
ELECTRICAL £859 £843 £833 £774
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,315 £1,369 £1,218 £1,292
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £962 £963 £896 £859
Joinery £2,228 £1,710 £1,486 £979
PLASTERING £977 £1,118 £970 £1,043
PLUMBING £1,004 £956 £933 £961
ROOFING £554 £496 £548 £441
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £941 £811 £686 £771
SPECIALIST TRADES £808 £811 £775 £858
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £730 £695 £671 £617
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,045 £1,165 £1,100 £1,125

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19
BRICKLAYING £785 £798 £786 £792
CIVIL ENGINEERING £904 £952 £919 £903
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £773 £863 £866 £771
ELECTRICAL £1,326 £1,303 £1,278 £1,292
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £858 £903 £883 £868
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £952 £956 £958 £927
INSULATION £920 £993 £971 £931
JOINERY £1,221 £1,277 £1,168 £1,121
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,132 £1,183 £1,133 £1,092
PLASTERING £864 £916 £925 £873
PLUMBING £1,336 £1,328 £1,317 £1,274
ROOFING £729 £798 £850 £923
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £881 £863 £877 £866
SHOP FITTING £1,290 £1,246 £1,257 £1,220
SPECIALIST TRADES £833 £839 £834 £838
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £691 £646 £783 £647
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £699 £755 £738 £704

London

LONDON Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19
BRICKLAYING £766 £815 £774 £767
CIVIL ENGINEERING £832 £857 £828 £821
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £744 £721 £865 £827
ELECTRICAL £920 £973 £905 £914
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £807 £848 £796 £786
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,008 £963 £958 £967
INSULATION £827 £926 £798 £1,034
JOINERY £1,240 £1,254 £1,286 £1,193
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,184 £1,095 £1,043 £1,228
PLASTERING £705 £510 £633 £653
PLUMBING £966 £1,014 £973 £967
ROOFING £988 £911 £957 £905
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,109 £1,043 £949 £975
SHOP FITTING £970 £1,032 £1,095 £1,057
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,138 £1,061 £1,069 £1,022
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,081 £951 £1,089 £771
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £518 £480 £586 £433

South East

SOUTH EAST Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19
BRICKLAYING £768 £815 £755 £784
CIVIL ENGINEERING £805 £840 £827 £814
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,220 £1,160 £1,183 £1,197
ELECTRICAL £1,191 £1,180 £1,148 £1,196
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £849 £840 £868 £850
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £899 £943 £899 £874
INSULATION £843 £1,165 £1,718 £2,250
JOINERY £1,008 £1,007 £1,032 £1,056
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,048 £1,088 £1,118 £1,083
PLASTERING £719 £698 £681 £690
PLUMBING £1,127 £1,129 £1,116 £1,047
ROOFING £769 £774 £774 £786
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £805 £827 £804 £819
SHOP FITTING £1,441 £1,316 £1,275 £1,262
SPECIALIST TRADES £853 £854 £882 £870
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £750 £727 £775 £710
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £844 £933 £885 £856

South West

SOUTH WEST Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19
BRICKLAYING £1,525 £1,711 £714 £1,183
CIVIL ENGINEERING £730 £735 £771 £756
ELECTRICAL £726 £735 £693 £739
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £790 £857 £836 £749
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £865 £877 £843 £817
INSULATION £1,427 £1,404 £1,401 £1,276
JOINERY £1,113 £1,135 £1,093 £1,136
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £649 £619 £681 £651
PLASTERING £798 £779 £674 £815
PLUMBING £1,164 £1,177 £1,328 £1,600
ROOFING £879 £789 £767 £783
SHOP FITTING - - - -
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,360 £675 £1,235 £1,091
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £629 £643 £650 £622