Plumbers see 16.6% boost in pay during February

Self-employed plumbers saw their average earnings rise by 16.6% to £1,115 per week during the last month, according to the construction industry’s biggest payroll.

While the February bounce is in keeping with annual trends, the rates are 13.4% higher than the same month last year.

The analysis is from Hudson Contract, the UK’s largest provider of tax status and employment contract services to the construction industry with annual revenues approaching £1.8 billion and a client base of more than 2,500 construction SMEs.

Ian Anfield, managing director, said: “It has been a mild start to the year and demand on sites remains high for skilled trades including plumbers. We have had a busy month for entering new contracts and we are seeing anecdotal evidence of more Europeans returning to the UK labour market.

“Our construction clients are telling us they have full order books but they are not seeing as many enquiries as this time last year. That’s consistent with what we said last month – that some housebuilders have eased up on the accelerator.”

Hudson Contract delivers the most accurate indication of subcontractor pay trends across the construction industry, publishing the average pay for a spectrum of 17 different trades split across 10 regions in England and Wales. It supplies statistics to the Bank of England to keep policymakers updated with real-time insights on demand for skilled labour.