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.
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.”