Earnings dip but underlying demand stays strong
Published: 3 September 2019 - Carly Wills
Earnings for self-employed electricians dipped by three per cent last month, according to the latest figures released by Hudson Contract.
Analysis of August payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a weekly average of £1,096 for electrical contractors.
Electricians remain among the highest paid of all 17 construction trades covered by Hudson Contract, showing the strong underlying demand for their specialist skills.
The regional breakdown shows weekly earnings held up best in the West Midlands, flat at £1,208; Wales, down 1.2 per cent to £833; and the North West, down 1.3 per cent to £841.
Ian Anfield, managing director at Hudson Contract, said: “At a national level, construction surveys suggest lower volumes of work across the sector in response to the ongoing economic and political uncertainty.
“There is no doubt that businesses want Brexit settled one way or another so they can get on with delivering the housing and infrastructure that Britain needs.
"Today’s purchasing managers index for the construction industry shows housebuilding activity fell only slightly last month, while some companies reported tight labour market conditions had encouraged retention of skilled workers.
“We see that underlying demand for specialist trades remains strong as demonstrated by the high earning power of self-employed electricians.”