Earnings for self-employed plumbers dropped in April as they took “a well-earned break” during the Easter holidays.
Hudson Contract said average weekly earnings for plumbing subcontractors fell by 9.8% to £1,028 in April. Despite the fall, the earnings were 11.1% ahead of the same month in 2021.
Ian Anfield, Managing Director of Hudson Contract, said: “As expected, earnings for April were affected across all trades 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 package 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 plumbers took a well-earned break after doing so much to keep the wider economy going over the last two years.”
Weekly earnings for plumbing sub-contractors reached a post-pandemic high of £1,139 in March and have averaged £1,059 this year.