Construction Market Data

Tue January 22 2019

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends November 2018

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.

It’s good news again this month:  October’s record-breaking earnings have been sustained as we head towards winter. Seven of our ten regions even show very small increases, and across the board, average weekly earnings are up by £4.

West Midlands leads the way – outstripping even London – on £969, and Hudson Contract’s Ian Anfield observes:  “Compared to this time last year, freelance earnings are up by over £70 a week.  If the trend continues at the same rate, then by this time next year, and probably before then, earnings will be over £1,000 a week.”

National Weekly Average Earnings November 2018: £907

Region November 2018 Average Change from October 2018
North East £778.00 -0.64%
North West £823.00 +1.22%
Yorkshire & Humber £851.00 -0.24%
East Midlands £922.00 +1.19%
West Midlands £969.00 +0.62%
Wales £835.00 +1.44%
East of England £961.00 +0.42%
London £910.00 +1.76%
South East £904.00 -1.99%
South West £815.00 +1.35%

Individual Trades: Winners and Losers:

Winners:

  • Shopfitting: +2.06%

Retail optimism in London & East Midlands

Electrical: +1.76%

Shining bright in the West Midlands

  • Surfacing Contractors: +1.54%

Making inroads in South East and London

And the losers:

  • Steel & Timber Frame Erection: -6.44%

East Midlands and Wales struggling to keep up

  • Equipment & Operator Hire: -5.47%

Fewer projects in East Midlands

  • Mechanical & Engineering: -2.79%

London freelancers losing out

Nationally, the latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK statistics show further growth in November with housebuilding, commercial, and civil engineering all on the up.

“Business confidence is gradually returning, although Brexit inevitably continues to cause uncertainty, especially in London and the South-East,” Ian Anfield observes.  “I think that goes some way to explain why freelancers there have been overtaken by those working on projects further north.  And interestingly enough, construction has won praise from no less an authority than the Bank of England for being amongst the best prepared sectors for our departure from the EU.

“From a client perspective, the general feeling is that this has been a good year – and smaller clients are reporting a really good year.  As we head towards Christmas everyone is making a final push to get projects finished and hoping for a mild winter.”

Hudson Contract’s ‘Window on the Construction Industry’ gives you hard figures and data that is not available from any other source, with pay averages that reflect the amounts paid by a sample number of businesses – large and small – to specific trades during November 2018.

North East

NORTH EAST Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £850 £835 £844 £838
ELECTRICAL £853 £910 £774 £834
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £615 £592 £627 £587
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £814 £764 £779 £773
INSULATION £714 £703 £743 £713
PLASTERING £798 £699 £659 £615
ROOFING £926 £882 £980 £1,177
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £377 £416 £478 £427
SHOP FITTING £668 £576 £623 £674
SPECIALIST TRADES £610 £687 £740 £726

North West

NORTH WEST Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18
BRICKLAYING £760 £759 £802 £836
CIVIL ENGINEERING £759 £742 £780 £782
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £798 £803 £846 £812
ELECTRICAL £922 £895 £905 £911
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £747 £701 £753 £748
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £806 £768 £787 £803
INSULATION £1,352 £977 £1,111 £1,383
JOINERY £1,062 £1,054 £1,170 £1,205
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,166 £970 £1,142 £1,200
PLASTERING £631 £556 £606 £690
PLUMBING £762 £746 £808 £826
ROOFING £822 £857 £847 £847
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £551 £576 £567 £617
SHOP FITTING £1,202 £1,129 £1,210 £1,163
SPECIALIST TRADES £864 £914 £834 £891
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £812 £780 £708 £705
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £726 £756 £780 £827

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18
BRICKLAYING £757 £727 £784 £752
CIVIL ENGINEERING £787 £775 £813 £831
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £573 £566 £580 £605
ELECTRICAL £877 £890 £1,029 £947
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £939 £895 £947 £882
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £821 £813 £844 £839
JOINERY £661 £822 £907 £790
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £966 £902 £942 £950
PLASTERING £827 £766 £808 £808
PLUMBING £577 £622 £640 £661
ROOFING £667 £692 £687 £673
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £654 £593 £597 £621
SHOP FITTING £1,361 £1,395 £1,372 £1,363
SPECIALIST TRADES £968 £889 £967 £1,007
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £957 £1,093 £969 £920
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £898 £866 £957 £888

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £803 £795 £834 £849
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £751 £750 £790 £822
ELECTRICAL £1,087 £1,077 £1,047 £1,072
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £897 £924 £1,058 £716
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £1,008 £970 £1,037 £1,055
INSULATION £751 £786 £978 £864
JOINERY £842 £839 £790 £865
PLASTERING £709 £720 £689 £687
PLUMBING £1,226 £1,044 £965 £994
ROOFING £877 £934 £992 £947
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £821 £849 £790 £820
SHOP FITTING £1,218 £1,083 £909 £1,040
SPECIALIST TRADES £838 £811 £830 £842
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,100 £806 £873 £643
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £884 £859 £904 £907

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18
BRICKLAYING £855 £816 £936 £939
CIVIL ENGINEERING £965 £932 £981 £981
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £645 £609 £612 £612
ELECTRICAL £1,152 £1,107 £1,149 £1,202
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £873 £901 £866 £892
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £857 £876 £876 £912
INSULATION £774 £706 £866 £826
JOINERY £1,263 £1,295 £1,221 £1,205
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,513 £1,272 £1,505 £1,261
PLASTERING £656 £642 £730 £703
PLUMBING £1,186 £1,262 £1,226 £1,207
ROOFING £602 £520 £620 £604
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £775 £642 £727 £651
SHOP FITTING £1,221 £1,196 £1,178 £1,289
SPECIALIST TRADES £946 £985 £947 £953
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £823 £783 £819 £838

Wales

WALES Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £797 £767 £790 £801
ELECTRICAL £832 £914 £954 £930
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,257 £1,286 £1,303 £1,346
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £871 £919 £888 £861
JOINERY £368 £324 £496
PLASTERING £1,110 £1,296 £1,298 £1,170
PLUMBING £814 £784 £866 £892
ROOFING £450 £431 £455 £517
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £681 £793 £784 £716
SPECIALIST TRADES £800 £773 £805 £788
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £689 £696 £851 £730
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,044 £1,256 £1,336 £1,281

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18
BRICKLAYING £770 £792 £802 £806
CIVIL ENGINEERING £870 £876 £918 £935
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £656 £659 £738 £743
ELECTRICAL £1,287 £1,235 £1,283 £1,306
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £937 £914 £961 £903
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £933 £919 £953 £954
INSULATION £1,073 £1,065 £1,043 £1,060
JOINERY £1,300 £1,155 £1,263 £1,309
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,053 £1,049 £1,052 £1,054
PLASTERING £906 £798 £862 £914
PLUMBING £1,299 £1,343 £1,387 £1,404
ROOFING £768 £804 £791 £733
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £846 £837 £890 £894
SHOP FITTING £1,347 £1,283 £1,464 £1,309
SPECIALIST TRADES £892 £851 £874 £872
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £836 £640 £745 £761
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £713 £704 £752 £756

London

LONDON Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18
BRICKLAYING £718 £736 £774 £739
CIVIL ENGINEERING £811 £789 £813 £836
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,109 £1,569
ELECTRICAL £1,023 £993 £1,061 £1,102
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £932 £767 £753 £750
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £912 £935 £993 £975
INSULATION £971 £1,012 £1,069 £881
JOINERY £1,059 £1,029 £1,075 £1,087
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,241 £1,240 £1,338 £1,066
PLASTERING £1,326 £1,182 £1,051 £1,180
PLUMBING £997 £1,026 £1,017 £1,029
ROOFING £850 £690 £719 £721
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,164 £1,085 £1,067 £1,169
SHOP FITTING £955 £1,091 £1,013 £1,113
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,094 £1,072 £1,117 £1,129
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £709 £672 £697 £694
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £575 £533 £663 £719

South East

SOUTH EAST Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18
BRICKLAYING £789 £793 £827 £788
CIVIL ENGINEERING £782 £769 £830 £818
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,161 £1,185 £1,282 £1,262
ELECTRICAL £1,162 £1,234 £1,218 £1,242
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £810 £800 £866 £843
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £853 £873 £887 £872
INSULATION £1,389 £791 £957 £957
JOINERY £996 £986 £1,021 £952
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,087 £1,082 £1,038 £1,024
PLASTERING £866 £860 £832 £892
PLUMBING £1,060 £1,081 £1,134 £1,135
ROOFING £754 £751 £801 £801
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £824 £844 £866 £830
SHOP FITTING £1,310 £1,281 £1,271 £1,268
SPECIALIST TRADES £891 £819 £820 £791
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £780 £775 £778 £746
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £755 £844 £864 £947

South West

SOUTH WEST Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18
BRICKLAYING £1,495 £1,693 £863 £1,477
CIVIL ENGINEERING £702 £674 £726 £761
ELECTRICAL £659 £713 £693 £706
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £622 £590 £780 £763
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £874 £880 £909 £878
INSULATION £1,505 £1,354 £1,227 £1,524
JOINERY £1,077 £1,116 £1,048 £1,117
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £654 £670 £740 £622
PLASTERING £806 £773 £846 £747
PLUMBING £1,318 £1,183 £1,290 £1,309
ROOFING £847 £804 £862 £825
SPECIALIST TRADES £804 £923 £746 £648
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £636 £607 £639