Easter holidays shrink pay packages
Hudson Contract said average weekly earnings for self-employed tradespeople in construction fell by 6.9% in April, compared to March, down from £959 to £893.
Earnings were also 2.2% lower in April 2022 than they were in April 2021.
Earnings reached in March this year matched the record high seen in December – the equivalent to an annual salary of approximately £50,000.
Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “As expected, earnings for April were impacted as freelancers took their families away for a long-awaited holiday with the lifting of Covid travel restrictions across many European short-haul destinations and plenty of good deals on offer. The well-publicised queues at Manchester airport and tailbacks outside Dover will have been full of self-employed tradespeople heading off for some early season sunshine. Well-paid subbies took a well-earned break after doing so much to keep the wider economy going over the last two years.”
The East Midlands saw the biggest monthly dip in earnings (down 13.7%) followed by the Northeast (down 11.2%) and Wales (down 9.1%). Shop fitters were the only trade to increase their earnings, which rose by 0.8% to £1,105 per week.
|April 2022 average||Month on month change||Year on year change|
|Yorkshire & Humber||£864||-7.7%||5.8%|
|East of England||£953||-4.3%||0.1%|
Average weekly earnings by trade
|March 22||April 22||% change|
|DEMOLITION & WRECKING||£938||£836||-10.8%|
|EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE||£912||£835||-8.4%|
|MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING||£1,037||£1,019||-1.8%|
|SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING||£817||£787||-3.7%|
|STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION||£979||£794||-18.9%|
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