The average hourly rate for an electrician in the UK is £37 per hour. If you have an emergency or a small electrical job then you will hire an electrician by the hour. Ask your electrician if there are any other charges such as; a call out fee, parking charges, additional materials and collection etc.
You can ask for an estimate for the job over the phone based on their hourly rate or get them to email you a full quote so you know exactly how much you will pay.
The average day rate for an electrician in the UK is £232 per day. If you have a large electrical project like rewiring a house, fitting ceiling led lights or spot lights throughout your home then you should get an agreed quote based on a day rate. Some have a cheaper day rate while others will just multiply their hourly rate by the number of hours they work.
An electrician has to travel between jobs so it's much easier for them to give an estimate or quote if they know the job will take a day or longer.
Self-employed electricians are just as qualified and experienced as those working for a big company.
By being an independent, self-employed electrician the small electrical business avoids many business costs (e.g. administration staff, office rental etc), charging less for electrical jobs and giving you the same quality of work.
Also if you do have a problem you are already talking to the electrician who did the job and will probably be able to help you quickly.
An electrician’s main role is to install and maintain electrical wiring and appliances so having a trustworthy qualified and affordable electrician is vital when it comes to emergency electrical work (a fuse box blown) or even for non-emergency work that will improve your home, either to make your rooms more practical with extra plug sockets or more trendy with the latest downlights.
HaMuch has put together information including questions to ask to keep your home safe to how much to budget as well as how to find the right electrician for you for the right price.
When choosing an Electrician try to get 3 comparison quotes so you have a feel for the value of service and what is being offered at what price. Ask if your Electrician is vat registered so you aware if you need to still factor in extra on top of the quoted price. Insist on being given a ‘written quote’ to avoid disputes over payment and job expectations at the end of the project.
If they have arrived for a small repair job, ask them to email you the quote in writing before commencing so you have the figure on record. Discuss payment terms for larger projects and discuss what forms of payment the electrician will accept.
When receiving a quote from an electrician, discuss if the quote includes materials or what materials you still need to purchase. Certain items for jobs like installing a British General fuse board, switching a Schneider circuit breaker, rewiring and replacing old wires using a Wago lever connector even replacing a sensor light switch… are products the electrician will often source or have onboard in their van.
The more luxury products, like installing a Mira electric shower, a Flowmasta electric towel rail or LED downlights the electrician will probably ask you to provide as these are all down to personal preference.
It is far more important choosing a skilled electrician than most trades as faulty wiring could burn your house down and puts your life at risk, so don’t take choosing an electrician lightly. Ask the electrician how many years they’ve been in the business and ask what their qualifications are. In the UK an electrician must have a level 3 of the industry-recognised qualifications, which could be; Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Electrotechnical Services (Electrical Maintenance), Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment) or Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installations (Buildings and Structures) if part of an apprenticeship.
Before calling in your electrician to quote, have a good idea on the project at hand. How many new power sockets do you want fitted and in which rooms? Which appliances (dishwasher, microwave, toaster) need to be tested for safety? If it’s an emergency and you require an urgent call out because the mains have tripped or a loss of power make a mental note to tell the electrician what power sources you were using at the time – did the lights trip as you plugged in an appliance?
If you are looking to run electrics out to your shed or install a security light in your back garden, make sure there is plenty of access to the garden from the house for the electrician to come into your home and carry his tools through. Ask if fitting a smoke detector or replacing a light dimmer switch would require any loft access and make sure that you have a clear path of access in the loft. Most electricians travel with their own ladders so don’t worry if you don’t have a loft ladder but perhaps mention that, so they arrive prepared.
|Cost to troubleshoot and diagnose an electrical fault||£95|
|Cost to install a smoke alarm||£72|
|Cost to upgrade to smart lighting||£45|
|Cost to fit a satellite dish||£80|
|Cost to rewire a single room or circuit||£1000|
|Cost to rewire a house or flat||£3750|
|Cost to replace a consumer unit||£250|
|Cost to install outside security lights||£120|
|Cheap payment solutions||£2|
|Cost to do a PAT test||£60|
|Cost to replace electric oven||£150|
|Cost to install an outside power socket||£95|
|Cost to install outside garden lighting||£130|
|Cost to install a storage heater||£200|
|Cheap mobile phones||£20 per month|
|Cost to install LED lights||£90|
|Cost of public liability insurance for electricians||£5 per month|
|Cost to install solar panels||£1500|
|Cost to installing an electric shower||£350|
|Cost to install a TV aerial||£220|
|Cost to fit a smart doorbell||£60|
|Cost to install downlights in a room||£350|
|Cost to install CCTV cameras||£500|
|Cost to install a bathroom extractor fan||£200|
|Cost to install or fix a light switches||£50|
|Cost to repair or install an electric hob (or an induction hob)||£85|
|Cost to install or fix a light fitting fixture||£80|
|Cost to fit an new plug socket||£130|
|Cheap electricity||£90 per month|
|Cost to install an electric vehicle charger||£300|
|Cost to lay electric underfloor heating||£300|
|Cost to install an electric radiator||£200|
|Cost to install an electric combi boiler||£1200|
|Cost of an EICR test||£150|
|Cost to earth bond a gas meter||£470|
|Cost to install of a cooker hood||£250|
|Cost to fit a carbon monoxide detector||£70|
|Cost to install a burglar alarm||£150|
|Cheap broadband||£20 per month|
|Repair of a cooker hood||£150|
|Installing an additional or new consumer unit||£750|
|Repair to an electric shower||£240|
|Repair an extractor fan||£150|
|Installing additional power sockets||£150|
|Repairing a power socket||£100|
|Relocate an existing consumer unit or fuse box||£550|