Plumber earnings rise in June

Weekly earnings for self-employed plumbing contractors rebounded last month, according to the latest figures released by Hudson Contract.

Analysis of June payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a month-on-month increase of 4.7% to an average of £1,132. The rise reverses the 3.2% fall seen in May.

Year on year, weekly earnings showed a 4.3% improvement in June compared to the same month in 2018, illustrating the strong underlying demand for plumbers.

Plumbing remains the second-best paid of all 17 construction trades covered by Hudson Contract. Shopfitters retained top place for the second month.

Plumbers in Yorkshire and the Humber saw the biggest increase in weekly earnings in June, rising 17.8% to £734, followed by Wales, up 9.5% to £1,004.

Plumbers in the East of England enjoyed the best month in June, seeing their average earnings rise by 4.3% to £1,336. This is the equivalent of a £70,000 annual salary.

Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “Plumbing remains one of the most sought-after trades and skilled contractors earned an average of £1,132 per week in June, which is a great advertisement for young people who want to learn the trade, be their own boss and enjoy the rewards of being a valued supplier.

“Looking ahead, pent-up demand for new housing and the necessary plumbing work will ensure that demand remains strong for skilled plumbers.