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Electrician cost per hour

Electrician cost per hour

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. 

See the table with uk electrician cost per hour for more hourly rates, alternatively post a job with HaMuch and get a free quote

Electrician cost per day

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.

See table with uk electrician cost per day for regional day rates or post a job and get your local rates.

How to get the cheapest quotes when looking for an electrician

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.

Choosing an Electrician

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.

Getting Quotes

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.

Is your Electrician Qualified?

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 rewire house, extra socket, electric shower, EICR etc

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
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
Cost to install LED lights £90
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
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
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

Rates for other trades

Electrician near Aberdeen£32£262Electrician near Amber Valley£29£215Electrician near Angus£28£223Electrician near Arun£31£227Electrician near Ashfield£31£217Electrician near Aylesbury Vale£40£255Electrician near Barnsley£32£231Electrician near Basildon£42£263Electrician near Basingstoke & Deane£42£262Electrician near Bassetlaw£31£241Electrician near Bath & North East Somerset£35£250Electrician near Bedford£39£257Electrician near Belfast£23£179Electrician near Birmingham£33£227Electrician near Blackburn£32£222Electrician near Blackpool£32£237Electrician near Bolton£32£223Electrician near Bournemouth£33£238Electrician near Bracknell Forest£45£274Electrician near Bradford£32£228Electrician near Braintree£38£247Electrician near Breckland£36£248Electrician near Bridgend£30£216Electrician near Brighton£38£234Electrician near Bristol£35£243Electrician near Broadland£35£260Electrician near Broxtowe£31£218Electrician near Bury£32£223Electrician near Caerphilly£30£211Electrician near Calderdale£31£222Electrician near Cambridge£38£250Electrician near Canterbury£32£229Electrician near Cardiff£31£214Electrician near Carmarthenshire£29£213Electrician near Charnwood£31£226Electrician near Chelmsford£41£260Electrician near Cheltenham£32£247Electrician near Cherwell£38£250Electrician near Chester£31£219Electrician near Colchester£36£239Electrician near Conway£49£307Electrician near Coventry£33£232Electrician near Crewe & Nantwich£29£207Electrician near Dacorum£45£262Electrician near Derby£29£214Electrician near Doncaster£31£242Electrician near Dover£30£220Electrician near Dudley£33£225Electrician near Dumfries & Galloway£30£232Electrician near Dundee£32£251Electrician near East Ayrshire£30£234Electrician near East Devon£31£223Electrician near East Dunbartonshire£35£267Electrician near East Hampshire£36£250Electrician near East Hertfordshire£42£261Electrician near East Lindsey£26£190Electrician near East Riding£31£222Electrician near Eastleigh£37£255Electrician near Edinburgh£34£244Electrician near Elmbridge£48£277Electrician near Epping Forest£47£273Electrician near Erewash£31£217Electrician near Exeter£29£221Electrician near Falkirk£35£256Electrician near Fife£32£228Electrician near Flintshire£30£218Electrician near Gateshead£32£230Electrician near Gedling£31£218Electrician near Glasgow£34£264Electrician near Gloucester£31£237Electrician near Guildford£43£272Electrician near Gwynedd£45£245Electrician near Halton£32£221Electrician near Harrogate£31£225Electrician near Havant & Waterloo£35£251Electrician near Horsham£41£255Electrician near Huntingdonshire£39£251Electrician near Ipswich£33£234Electrician near Isle of Wight£38£251Electrician near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£31£238Electrician near Kingston-upon-Hull£30£221Electrician near Kirklees£31£222Electrician near Knowsley£32£224Electrician near Lancaster£29£228Electrician near Leeds£33£231Electrician near Leicester£36£236Electrician near Lisburn£24£179Electrician near Liverpool£32£225Electrician near London£48£273Electrician near Luton£44£259Electrician near Macclesfield£32£224Electrician near Maidstone£42£256Electrician near Manchester£32£223Electrician near Mid Bedfordshire£41£255Electrician near Mid Sussex£40£249Electrician near Middlesbrough£32£232Electrician near Milton Keynes£39£253Electrician near Neath Port Talbot£30£220Electrician near New Forest£36£249Electrician near Newbury£41£261Electrician near Newcastle-under-Lyme£29£208Electrician near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£32£229Electrician near Newport£31£215Electrician near North Ayrshire£32£252Electrician near North East Lincolnshire£27£214Electrician near North Hertfordshire£41£257Electrician near North Lanarkshire£34£265Electrician near North Lincolnshire£31£233Electrician near North Somerset£34£241Electrician near North Tyneside£32£229Electrician near North Wiltshire£39£261Electrician near Northampton£37£256Electrician near Norwich£36£261Electrician near Nottingham£31£217Electrician near Nuneaton & Bedworth£35£233Electrician near Oldham£32£222Electrician near Oxford£39£251Electrician near Pembrokeshire£25£197Electrician near Perth & Kinross£33£244Electrician near Peterborough£35£249Electrician near Plymouth£31£228Electrician near Poole£33£240Electrician near Portsmouth£37£252Electrician near Powys£33£218Electrician near Preston£32£231Electrician near Reading£43£264Electrician near Redcar & Cleveland£33£240Electrician near Reigate & Banstead£47£276Electrician near Renfrewshire£34£264Electrician near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£31£216Electrician near Rochdale£32£224Electrician near Rotherham£29£223Electrician near Salford£32£223Electrician near Salisbury£31£234Electrician near Sandwell£34£227Electrician near Scarborough£29£225Electrician near Sefton£32£227Electrician near Sevenoaks£44£264Electrician near Sheffield£29£220Electrician near Slough£46£271Electrician near Solihull£34£229Electrician near South Ayrshire£32£248Electrician near South Bedfordshire£39£257Electrician near South Cambridgeshire£39£252Electrician near South Gloucestershire£35£247Electrician near South Kesteven£35£231Electrician near South Lanarkshire£33£255Electrician near South Oxfordshire£41£254Electrician near South Somerset£34£225Electrician near South Tyneside£32£229Electrician near Southampton£37£256Electrician near Southend-on-Sea£40£255Electrician near St Albans£45£264Electrician near St Helens£31£219Electrician near Stafford£31£223Electrician near Stockport£32£224Electrician near Stockton-on-Tees£32£231Electrician near Stoke-on-Trent£29£209Electrician near Stratford-on-Avon£34£234Electrician near Stroud£31£237Electrician near Suffolk Coastal£34£237Electrician near Sunderland£32£230Electrician near Swale£37£246Electrician near Swansea£30£219Electrician near Tameside£32£225Electrician near Teignbridge£28£215Electrician near Tendring£34£233Electrician near Test Valley£33£246Electrician near Thamesdown£38£260Electrician near Thanet£30£223Electrician near The Wrekin£29£207Electrician near Thurrock£44£264Electrician near Torbay£28£220Electrician near Trafford£32£222Electrician near Vale of Glamorgan£31£216Electrician near Vale of White Horse£38£246Electrician near Vale Royal£30£221Electrician near Wakefield£32£229Electrician near Walsall£33£226Electrician near Warrington£31£216Electrician near Warwick£34£235Electrician near Waveney£33£255Electrician near Waverley£42£270Electrician near Wealden£45£251Electrician near West Lancashire£32£224Electrician near West Lothian£33£241Electrician near West Wiltshire£39£261Electrician near Wigan£31£217Electrician near Windsor & Maidenhead£45£272Electrician near Wirral£33£229Electrician near Wokingham£44£271Electrician near Wolverhampton£34£226Electrician near Wrexham Maelor£29£214Electrician near Wychavon£33£234Electrician near Wycombe£44£264Electrician near York£31£228

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