Freelance Builder Pay Trends: June 2021

Market still ‘incredibly busy’ with no signs of construction activity slowing down

Labour costs dipped slightly last month, according to our latest analysis of pay trends in the construction industry.

Hudson Contract’s payroll data shows average earnings for self-employed tradespeople edged down by 1.2 per cent to £873 per week during June.

Year on year, labour costs increased by 2.9 per cent.

Ian Anfield, managing director, said: “The market is still incredibly busy with housebuilding and infrastructure work and we don’t see any signs of activity slowing down.”

The marginal decrease in average earnings in June was attributed to freelancers taking time off for half-term at the start the month. Roofing contractors saw the strongest growth in earnings with a 6.2 per cent increase to £742.


Region June 2021 Average Month on Month % Change Year on Year % Change
North East £721 7.5% -5.1% 
North West £819 -1.0% 1.5% 
Yorkshire & Humber £796 -3.0% 4.6% 
East Midlands £988 3.6% 21.1% 
West Midlands £904 -1.7% 1.9% 
Wales £851 -4.1% 4.2% 
East of England £947 -0.2% 5.7% 
London £831 -6.1% -10.2% 
South East £915 -0.9% 2.9% 
South West £825 -4.4% -6.0% 

To view our interactive pay trends map click here

Hudson is the UK’s largest provider of tax status and employment contract services to the sector and supplies more than 2,500 companies across England and Wales.

We deliver the most accurate indication of subcontractor pay trends across the industry, publishing the average pay for a spectrum of 17 different trades split across 10 regions in England and Wales.

We also supply statistics to the Bank of England to keep policymakers updated with real-time insights on demand for skilled labour.

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 2021.

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