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Hopefully it was indeed just a case of the January blues for all, but according to Hudson Contract, self-employed electricians saw a 12% slump in their January earnings when compared with previous months.

It would appear 2019 was off to a slow start for self-employed electricians who were feeling the pinch as their weekly earnings fell by £124 a week during January compared to December.  

“It sounds grim,” said Hudson Contract managing director Ian Anfield. “But it’s exactly what we expect at this time of year. After a hectic Christmas, many sites and their subbies take the opportunity to enjoy a well-earned break, and it takes until the end of January for everyone to get back into full swing.”

Even with pay rates down by 12.2% for the month, the average electrical sub-contractor continued to earn £1,016 a week, with earnings highest in the East of England at £1,117 and lowest in the South-West at £761. 

It’s worth noting that despite the drop in January earnings, year-on-year earnings are up £42 a week, a rise of 4.3% – almost double the rate of inflation.