One of the least touched upon subjects by those inside and outside of the industry are builders in general. Many who are not in the profession are unaware of the building industry’s ins and outs. This includes small things such as how many builders there actually are within the Birmingham area and the United Kingdom in general, how much training and experience goes into becoming a specialised tradesman and more. The building industry is full of experienced and knowledgeable craftsmen who are specialised in different talents, each which complement the others. In today’s post, we will be briefly looking at what goes into the industry behind the scenes.
How many builders are in Birmingham?
Within the Birmingham area, there are over 50 general building companies. I say general because this does not go into specialized services or the workers themselves. Within those 50, it is safe to say that each company hires 3 to 5 specific employees. These employees may not necessarily be tradesmen, and could be anything from a secretary to an accountant. What you should note however, is how many contractors will be working on average within the Birmingham area at any given time. The average contractor (any specialization) on each building site would be 350 in Birmingham city alone. This is a very low estimate, not taking into account new builds within commercial or residential areas.
Within those 350 builders would be a variety of different specializations and services. For the main construction projects, at any given time in Birmingham would be at least 100. These include heavy machinery operators, welders, scaffolders and foundation layers. These are just some of the specializations that are specific to construction projects such as commercial or residential new builds. Others such as a general foreman are the trade’s that are specifically responsible for the creation and construction of any building project from scratch. They can also be just some of the trades that are working on smaller construction projects such as property renovations or office stripping’s. You would likely see these same tradesmen on building knockdowns.
How much do builders in Birmingham cost?
The average cost of these tradesmen can vary wildly depending on the company they would be working with and the project that is required to complete. While there is a national standard for each trade, this is usually the average and it would not be uncommon to see some contractors paid much more if the project itself is more demanding. Across the trades that are less specialised, it would not be uncommon to see an average of £12 per hour. This includes the tradesmen such as labourers, painters and decorators, plasterers and other trades. What you would see is the more realistic average of £13.50 - £17.50 per hour if the job is more demanding and requires a few more safety risks. This would include having to perform their jobs from somewhat dangerous heights.
There are some builder trades that would get paid higher than that on average per project. When negotiating with some tradesmen, dependent on the size and safety concerns of the project you could pay anywhere from £20.00-£30.00 per hour. These are the more specialised jobs such as heavy machine operators, site managers and other trades that take a long time to learn and perform efficiently. Some contractors are also paid more on average if you have a trustful relationship with them. When you have worked with a specific contractor for a significant amount of time, they become one of your main contractors. This makes them an automatic go-to when hiring contractors and for their loyalty, it is only natural to pay them more.
I hope you enjoyed today's post about the prices of some builders, as well as how many workers there are at any given time. This is an average, and does not necessarily mean it is what you should expect. If you enjoyed today's blog post, please check out some of our older posts. Also, make sure to check out some of our ones in the future too!