Payroll services provider Hudson Contract analysed the payroll data of more than 2,200 construction firms. It found that plumbers experienced the highest increase in earnings (9.4%) followed by those working in demolition and wrecking (8.3%), and insulation (8.2%). Electrical (-0.1%) and steel & timber frame erection (-4.5%) saw the biggest decreases in pay, year-on-year.
The biggest drop in average weekly pay was experienced in Wales which saw a 4.1% decrease in earnings, followed by a 0.3% decrease in London. Earnings for those in the West Midlands and the Southwest remained the same year-on-year.
Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “It’s been a year of uncertainty in the construction industry with the surprise general election and the implications of Brexit remaining unclear. Weather has also put a dampener on things on a few occasions, with storm Doris back in February and heavy rainfall throughout the summer months.
“However, it is encouraging to see that on a national level, subcontractors have experienced an uplift of 3.8% in earnings despite these factors – highlighting confidence in the sector and a positive picture overall.”