Earnings for self-employed plumbers rose by 4.1 per cent in November, according to the latest figures released by Hudson Contract.
Analysis of last month’s payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a weekly average of £1,166 for plumbing contractors.
The performance continues an upward trend that started in September and equates to an annual salary of £56,000.
They generated the second highest earnings of all 17 construction trades covered by Hudson Contract, beaten only by specialists in shop fitting and electrical work.
Self-employed plumbers in the North West saw the strongest growth in earnings in November, rising 15.9 per cent to £986.
Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “The latest purchasing managers index for construction shows that housebuilding has been the most resilient part of the industry in 2019. Most of our clients are in housebuilding and are busy, which is driving demand for self-employed plumbers.
“Highly skilled freelancers are earning more than many white collar employees. This is a great message for young people considering a career in construction. If they work hard and develop the right skills, they can enjoy great rewards.”
Hudson Contract delivers the most accurate indication of sub-contractor pay trends across the construction industry, using payroll data to publish the average pay for a spectrum of 17 different trades split across ten regions in England and Wales.
About Hudson Contract:
Hudson Contract, founded in 1996, is the UK’s largest professional workplace audit and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) contract provider. The family-owned group provides audit contract and payroll services to more than 2,200 construction SMEs, on whose behalf it processed 1.7m payments last year. Hudson Contract’s monthly figures offer a valuable insight into pay trends in the £90bn construction industry, which accounts for 6.7 per cent of the UK economy and supports 2.9m jobs.