How much do electricians cost?
Electricians keep the power running to our homes and mean we can enjoy everything from our TVs to toasters. Keeping the electrics in our home running properly is a matter of safety, and if you need to update anything in your home, or make any changes, then it’s important you hire the right person and have the done carried out properly. If you’re thinking about having some electrical work done, whether that’s adding a new plug socket or getting your fuse box replaced, you’ll want to know what kind of costs will be involved. This guide is designed to help give you a range of typical prices so you know what will be involved before you get started.
What is the hourly rate of an electrician?
Electricians can charge in one of two ways - either a fixed fee for a particular job, or an hourly rate that will cover whatever they have to do within a certain space of time. Generally, most electricians will prefer to price for a specific job, but an hourly rate gives a good benchmark of costs. Across the UK, we have found that an average hourly rate is about £40 per hour, though this can be more or less in different parts of the country, with London and the south-east tending to be more expensive. Other factors, such as the tradesperson’s experience, if they are working with an apprentice and so on will also make a difference. If a job is likely to take an entire day or more, an electrician might prefer to set a day rate, which may be around £200 or £250. The first hour will often be more expensive than subsequent hours as any travel time and taxes will be factored into this.
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Emergency electrician prices
As with other jobs, such as plumbing, there may be instances where you need an electrician at very short notice, or at unusual hours, such as late at night or during holidays. If this is the case, you may have to pay a premium for an emergency electrician, where the first hour in particular will be charged at a greater rate than a traditional job, potentially up to double the cost, at £80 per hour or more.
Common electrical jobs
There are a number of relatively common electrical jobs that all experienced electricians will be used to carrying out. Because they are generally straightforward and electricians will know how long they will take, they can be priced fairly simply. A few of the more common jobs are as follows.
Electrical light fitting costs
Changing out a ceiling light fitting is a quick job that would rarely take more than hour, and could cost around £40 or whatever the standard hourly rate is, plus whatever you pay for the new light fitting itself.
Consumer unit costs
The consumer unit, more commonly known as the fuse box, helps control the flow of electricity around the home. Replacing one can take up to a day, and will typically cost around £400 to £500.
Electric shower costs
Another job that can take up to a day to finish, installing an electric shower would usually cost between £250 and £400. You may also need a plumber to complete the installation.
Electric cooker costs
A relatively small job if the power is already in place, this would cost around £50 to £80, not including the cost of the oven itself.
Electrical socket costs
Fitting a new double power socket in a wall will usually cost around £100 to £130. Fitting an outdoor socket is similarly priced.
Electrical inspection report costs
The price of an electrical inspection depends on the size of your property and the number of rooms and circuits to be inspected, but prices begin at around £80 to £100 and can go up to about £300.
Electrical rewire cost
As with the electrical reports, full rewire jobs depend on the size and age of the property and the circuits involved. Rewiring an entire three-bedroom home will take several days, and can cost around £3,000.
Many electrical jobs in the home need to be carried out in accordance with Part P regulations of building standards, meaning they need to be inspected by a building inspector or carried out by an electrician who is registered with a competent person’s scheme and is able to self-certify their work. To find out more about hiring a qualified electrician and ensuring electrical work is carried out safely, take a look at our advice page and electrician hiring guide.