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%.
|Region||December 2018 Average||Change from November 2018|
|Yorkshire & Humber||£871.00||+2.30%|
|East Midlands||£922.00||no change|
|East of England||£967.00||+0.62%|
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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 £1,000 a week as the year progresses,” Ian Anfield adds.