Self-employed plumbing contractors earned an average of £920 per week during June, equivalent to an annual salary of more than £44,000, according to Hudson Contract’s latest analysis of pay trends in the construction industry.

Ian Anfield, Managing Director at Hudson Contract, said: “Plumbers are clearly benefiting from learning a valuable trade that remains in strong demand. The sector is still incredibly busy with housebuilding, renovation and infrastructure work and we don’t see any signs of activity slowing down.”

Earnings declined by 4.9% between May and June, which was attributed to freelancers taking time off to spend with their families during the half-term holiday. 

Hudson Contract is one the UK’s largest providers of tax status and employment contract services to the sector and supplies more than 2,500 companies across England and Wales.

The £1.6bn-turnover group delivers accurate indication of subcontractor pay trends across the construction industry, publishing the average pay for a spectrum of 17 different trades split across 10 regions in England and Wales.