Last month, when labour-only subbies earnings dipped by two per cent – £17 a week – on average, Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield said there was no need to panic, even in the face of national headlines predicting tough times ahead in construction.
A few may have been sceptical, but it turns out Ian’s view was correct.
All regions have now bounced back, with national average pay more than bouncing back, by over 3.5%, which is roughly £31 a week.
Freelance builders in the North East have gained the most, earning over £50 a week more than before, with those in Yorkshire & Humber and the West Midlands not far behind.
|Region||October 2017 Average||Change from September 2017|
|Yorkshire & Humber||£823.00||+5.47%|
|East of England||£937.00||+3.09%|
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This month’s winners are:
And the losers – but not by much:
“The lead up to Christmas is always a busy time for construction,” Ian Anfield comments. “We’re seeing record numbers of contracts come in from clients old and new. As always, and by way of anticipation, we continue to improve our processes to ensure we have plenty of capacity to respond to the increased demand that demonstrates our clients are busy and prospering.”
Nationwide, and in a swift U-turn from last month, the latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has bounced back into optimistic territory – defying the economists’ expectations – after particularly strong growth in the house building sector outweighed soft performance in civils and commercial projects.
“I’m not saying everything is perfect in construction,” Ian Anfield adds. “Let’s see what happens with the Autumn Budget – and hope the very real issues faced by SMEs in construction, such as rising costs and ongoing uncertainty around EU nationals working on UK projects, are addressed. We are all living in the shadow of continuing Brexit uncertainty and construction forecasts for 2018 are mostly cautious. I think house building will continue to drive growth and that until we know where we are with the EU negotiations, office developments and other commercial activities will continue to slow. For now, though, the usual end-of-the-year surge in activity seems to be underway, and we are all hoping the weather will continue to be kind.”
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 October 2017.