Subbies’ earnings dipped by an average of £16 a week during August. “It’s no big surprise,” says Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield. “To an extent it’s the general holiday effect, while the continued political uncertainty means there’s less work across the construction industry as a whole.
“Nevertheless, demand for skilled, self-employed trades remains strong with earnings 2.2% higher than they were this time last year.”
Nationally, the North-East bucked the trend with a rise of 1.3%, while Wales saw the biggest fall with rates down 3.7%, which translates as £30 a week.
|Region||August 2019 Average||Change from July 2019|
|Yorkshire & Humber||£849.00||-2.1%|
|East of England||£937.00||-1.2%|
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This month’s national IHS Markit survey reports the sharpest decline in new work for over ten years – since March 2009 – due to the lack of a resolution to Brexit, and a month-by-month decline in client spending stretching back to April. Commercial work continues to be the worst-performing sector, followed by civils, with house building falling only slightly.
Ian Anfield observes: “Businesses are crying out for Brexit to be settled one way or another. Only when that is done will we be able to get on with delivering the housing and infrastructure that Britain needs.
“Underlying demand for new roads, railways, and homes remains. And our subbies’ consistently high earning power demonstrates that skilled tradesmen are continuing to command premium rates for their work.”