Construction Market Data

Mon October 14 2019

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends December 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.

The year ended on a high note for freelance builders, with earnings up by 2.68% or £25 a week on November, to chalk up three consecutive months of increases.

“The annual push to get work finished ahead of the Christmas break was assisted by unseasonably but very welcome mild weather,” says Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield.   

“It’s also significant that subbies in the West Midlands have become the first to smash through the £1,000 a week threshold.  It’s a significant moment for construction.  Not only does it signify high demand for skilled workers – and especially bricklayers, electricians, plasterers, joiners, and mechanical and engineering specialists – it will hopefully help to put construction on the career sights for school leavers.”

Eight of Hudson Contract’s ten regions enjoyed increases in December, with East Midlands holding steady and only Wales bucking the trend with a slight reduction of 0.6%.

National Weekly Average Earnings December 2018:  £932

Region December 2018 Average Change from November 2018
North East £867.00 +10.27%
North West £855.00 +3.74%
Yorkshire & Humber £871.00 +2.30%
East Midlands £922.00 no change
West Midlands £1,023.00 +5.28%
Wales £830.00 -0.60%
East of England £967.00 +0.62%
London £930.00 +2.15%
South East £906.00 +0.22%
South West £852.00 +4.34%

Trade Winners

  • Mechanical & Engineering: +8.49%

Bouncing back from last month’s slip

  • Plastering: +6.32%

North-West leads the way

  • Civil Engineering: +4.15%

Solid gains in the North-East

Trade Losers:

  • Demolition & Wrecking:  -8.00%

Below £1,000 per week for the first time in two months

  • Plumbing:  -1.49%

Losses in the West Midlands but still at £1,171 a week

  • Electrical:  -0.79%

Down £9 per week on November to £1,140

Meanwhile, mirroring our increase in civil engineering, the latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index also reports strong activity in the sector, rising at its fastest rate since May 2017 and signifying the ninth consecutive month of growth.

Firms surveyed also report sub-contractor usage picked up towards the end of the year – with the strongest rate of expansion in three years.

“It’s great to be ending the year on such a positive note for the industry, with output strong, earnings up and the weather behaving itself.  Before anyone else says it, I’ll agree Brexit continues to cast shadows over the future, but even so, I believe plenty of subbies in all parts of the country will be earning over £1000 a week as the year progresses,” Ian Anfield adds.

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 December 2018.

North East

NORTH EAST Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Dec-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £835 £844 £838 £962
ELECTRICAL £910 £774 £834 £847
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £592 £627 £587 £683
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £764 £779 £773 £863
INSULATION £703 £743 £713 £805
PLASTERING £699 £659 £615 £634
ROOFING £882 £980 £1,177 £1,133
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £416 £478 £427 £446
SHOP FITTING £576 £623 £674 £700
SPECIALIST TRADES £687 £740 £726 £809

North West

NORTH WEST Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Dec-18
BRICKLAYING £759 £802 £836 £792
CIVIL ENGINEERING £742 £780 £782 £816
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £803 £846 £812 £845
ELECTRICAL £895 £905 £911 £941
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £701 £753 £748 £779
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £768 £787 £803 £840
INSULATION £977 £1,111 £1,383 £1,333
JOINERY £1,054 £1,170 £1,205 £1,219
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £970 £1,142 £1,200 £1,223
PLASTERING £556 £606 £690 £796
PLUMBING £746 £808 £826 £937
ROOFING £857 £847 £847 £889
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £576 £567 £617 £676
SHOP FITTING £1,129 £1,210 £1,163 £1,333
SPECIALIST TRADES £914 £834 £891 £880
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £780 £708 £705 £732
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £756 £780 £827 £897

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Dec-18
BRICKLAYING £727 £784 £752 £756
CIVIL ENGINEERING £775 £813 £831 £860
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £566 £580 £605 £634
ELECTRICAL £890 £1,029 £947 £941
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £895 £947 £882 £893
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £813 £844 £839 £855
JOINERY £822 £907 £790 £765
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £902 £942 £950 £1,029
PLASTERING £766 £808 £808 £910
PLUMBING £622 £640 £661 £775
ROOFING £692 £687 £673 £660
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £593 £597 £621 £579
SHOP FITTING £1,395 £1,372 £1,363 £1,366
SPECIALIST TRADES £889 £967 £1,007 £1,021
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £1,093 £969 £920 £803
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £866 £957 £888 £926

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Dec-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £795 £834 £849 £861
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £750 £790 £822 £817
ELECTRICAL £1,077 £1,047 £1,072 £1,061
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £924 £1,058 £716 £773
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £970 £1,037 £1,055 £1,031
INSULATION £786 £978 £864 £813
JOINERY £839 £790 £865 £853
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,509 £1,524 £1,833
PLASTERING £720 £689 £687 £754
PLUMBING £1,044 £965 £994 £1,015
ROOFING £934 £992 £947 £895
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £849 £790 £820 £814
SHOP FITTING £1,083 £909 £1,040 £841
SPECIALIST TRADES £811 £830 £842 £849
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £806 £873 £643 £654
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £859 £904 £907 £916

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Dec-18
BRICKLAYING £816 £936 £939 £899
CIVIL ENGINEERING £932 £981 £981 £1,051
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £609 £612 £612 £790
ELECTRICAL £1,107 £1,149 £1,202 £1,305
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £901 £866 £892 £858
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £876 £876 £912 £930
INSULATION £706 £866 £826 £940
JOINERY £1,295 £1,221 £1,205 £1,065
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,272 £1,505 £1,261 £1,163
PLASTERING £642 £730 £703 £718
PLUMBING £1,262 £1,226 £1,207 £1,053
ROOFING £520 £620 £604 £633
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £642 £727 £651 £654
SHOP FITTING £1,196 £1,178 £1,289 £968
SPECIALIST TRADES £985 £947 £953 £982
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £783 £819 £838 £851

Wales

WALES Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Dec-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £767 £790 £801 £780
ELECTRICAL £914 £954 £930 £1,038
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,286 £1,303 £1,346 £1,157
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £919 £888 £861 £863
JOINERY £324 £496 £1,699
PLASTERING £1,296 £1,298 £1,170 £1,284
PLUMBING £784 £866 £892 £1,109
ROOFING £431 £455 £517 £459
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £793 £784 £716 £648
SPECIALIST TRADES £773 £805 £788 £963
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £696 £851 £730 £779
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £1,256 £1,336 £1,281 £1,146

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Dec-18
BRICKLAYING £792 £802 £806 £808
CIVIL ENGINEERING £876 £918 £935 £934
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £659 £738 £743 £752
ELECTRICAL £1,235 £1,283 £1,306 £1,281
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £914 £961 £903 £956
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £919 £953 £954 £969
INSULATION £1,065 £1,043 £1,060 £1,042
JOINERY £1,155 £1,263 £1,309 £1,091
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,049 £1,052 £1,054 £1,100
PLASTERING £798 £862 £914 £995
PLUMBING £1,343 £1,387 £1,404 £1,356
ROOFING £804 £791 £733 £781
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £837 £890 £894 £969
SHOP FITTING £1,283 £1,464 £1,309 £1,409
SPECIALIST TRADES £851 £874 £872 £897
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £640 £745 £761 £724
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £704 £752 £756 £749

London

LONDON Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Dec-18
BRICKLAYING £736 £774 £739 £771
CIVIL ENGINEERING £789 £813 £836 £854
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,109 £1,569 £588
ELECTRICAL £993 £1,061 £1,102 £1,058
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £767 £753 £750 £731
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £935 £993 £975 £1,012
INSULATION £1,012 £1,069 £881 £876
JOINERY £1,029 £1,075 £1,087 £1,231
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,240 £1,338 £1,066 £1,269
PLASTERING £1,182 £1,051 £1,180 £1,244
PLUMBING £1,026 £1,017 £1,029 £968
ROOFING £690 £719 £721 £717
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,085 £1,067 £1,169 £1,140
SHOP FITTING £1,091 £1,013 £1,113 £1,306
SPECIALIST TRADES £1,072 £1,117 £1,129 £1,142
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £672 £697 £694 £700
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £533 £663 £719 £593

South East

SOUTH EAST Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Dec-18
BRICKLAYING £793 £827 £788 £788
CIVIL ENGINEERING £769 £830 £818 £836
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £1,185 £1,282 £1,262 £1,124
ELECTRICAL £1,234 £1,218 £1,242 £1,109
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £800 £866 £843 £887
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £873 £887 £872 £873
INSULATION £791 £957 £957 £1,473
JOINERY £986 £1,021 £952 £1,025
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,082 £1,038 £1,024 £1,162
PLASTERING £860 £832 £892 £819
PLUMBING £1,081 £1,134 £1,135 £1,159
ROOFING £751 £801 £801 £834
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £844 £866 £830 £854
SHOP FITTING £1,281 £1,271 £1,268 £1,388
SPECIALIST TRADES £819 £820 £791 £816
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £775 £778 £746 £798
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £844 £864 £947 £1,031

South West

SOUTH WEST Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Dec-18
BRICKLAYING £1,693 £863 £1,477 £600
CIVIL ENGINEERING £674 £726 £761 £804
ELECTRICAL £713 £693 £706 £788
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £590 £780 £763 £1,028
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £880 £909 £878 £957
INSULATION £1,354 £1,227 £1,524 £1,417
JOINERY £1,116 £1,048 £1,117 £1,066
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £670 £740 £622 £689
PLASTERING £773 £846 £747 £753
PLUMBING £1,183 £1,290 £1,309 £1,489
ROOFING £804 £862 £825 £799
SPECIALIST TRADES £923 £746 £648 £817
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £607 £639 £653