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Report shows roofing contractors’ average earnings rose to £834 per week in September

by Matt Downs

Hudson Contract says demand for housing and skills have kept earnings up year on year.

A report from Hudson Contract has shown that earnings for freelance tradespeople in the construction sector dipped by 1.7% last month.

Analysis of September payroll data for more than for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales has revealed a weekly average of £889 for subcontractors.

Hudson Contract says underlying demand remains strong for tradespeople with average earnings 2.5% higher than the same month last year.

The regional shows Wales was the best-performing territory with average earnings rising by 1.1% to £796 a week during September. The country has a number of major construction projects including a £280m schools programme.

Roofing contractors are said to have seen the strongest growth last month (September) with average earnings rising by 2.6% to £834 per week across England and Wales.

They were followed by scaffolding and lifting contractors – up 1.4% to £851, and bricklaying contractors up 1% to £787.

Ian Anfield, Managing Director of Hudson Contract, said: “Beyond the national headlines about Brexit-related uncertainty in the construction sector, we see demand for housing remains high as does demand for highly skilled tradespeople.

“The UK has a shortage of new homes and is way off government targets of 300,000 per year, managing 170,000 completions last year.

“This means self-employed specialists will continue to be able to command a premium for their valuable services.”


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