Why hire an electrician?
In modern times we have become extremely reliant on electricity, and why shouldn’t we? Whether for convenience (hair dryers, electric showers or elevators), for entertainment (televisions, radios or tablets) or even for critical functions (medical care, security or travel), electricity is a cornerstone of our lives.
When it comes to our homes most of us use electricity on a constant basis and as such there are many circumstances where we may need the services of an electrician. Often, we don’t think about hiring an electrician until something goes wrong and we need a repair, however, it is also worth noting that electricians can help in many other situations.
From rewiring old and unsafe electrics to installing new electrical connections and even checking the safety of current wiring and conducting Electrical Inspection Condition Reports, there are many tasks electricians can do.
Whatever your electrical needs are, please read on to learn further about electrician hourly rates plus important factors and considerations.
How much does an electrician cost per hour?
|Electrician rates||Average cost|
|Electrician cost per hour||£45|
|Electrician cost per day||£225|
|Emergency electrician cost per hour||£80|
As most simplistic electrical jobs can be completed in less than a day it is very common for electricians to charge an hourly rate. You should always check whether your electrician also adds on a call out charge or has a minimum charge when budgeting for the job.
The average hourly rate for an electrician is £45.
Common electrical issues
Electricians can help you with a wide range of issues within the home so if you are unsure if your job is right for them it is always worth a quick phone call to find out. Below are some of the most common electrical issues:
- Installing new wiring: Electricians can assist with small jobs such as adding a new power socket to your home or with large projects such as completely wiring up a new extension.
- Rewiring: When an electrical item stops working, or is damaged, you can contact an electrician instead of simply throwing it away. Quite often they may be able to rewire the item saving you the cost of buying a replacement.
- Emergencies: It is common knowledge that electricity can be extremely dangerous and it is essential that any damaged, dangerous electronics are repaired urgently.
- Industrial businesses: Electricians not only work within the home, they are also able to assist with large scale industrial jobs.
- Safety: Instead of waiting for something to go wrong it is a wise decision to regularly check the electrics in your home are safe and up to code. Electricians are able to perform safety checks and issue you with a certificate confirming your home is compliant with regulations.
Find a local electrician
Estimating an electrician’s hourly rate for your job is difficult due to the number of factors that have an influence on the overall total. The following list covers some of the most common factors affecting electrician costs:
- Type of job: Every job requires different materials, levels of difficulty and labour times which will affect the cost. E.g. adding a new plug socket will be cheaper than wiring an entire extension. More specialist work will also require electricians with higher hourly rates.
- Age and condition: Often older electronics require parts that are difficult to source and will be more expensive than newer items. Also, if your home electrics are in poor condition this can make the job more complex, increasing the cost.
- Time: More difficult or intensive jobs mean greater labour times, leading to higher costs.
- Accessibility: If your electrician is required to access hard to reach areas this will also increase the cost of the job.
- Location: You should also consider your location when budgeting for an electrician. Areas such as London will have higher electrician costs per hour.
|Cost per job||Cost + VAT |
(Range low - high)
|Electrical safety certificates||£125 (one bedroom)|
£300+ (five bedrooms+)
|Socket installation cost||£50 - £70||£60|
|Shower installation cost||£250 - £400||£325|
|Replacing a fuse box||£450 - £550||£500|
While it is usually not essential, an electrical safety certificate is proof that your home and electrics are up to regulatory standards. It is recommended that you have an electrical safety check approximately every 10 years and the cost for an electrical safety certificate is on average £212.50.
Common electrician costs
As we previously discussed not all electrical jobs will cost the same due to a number of the above factors. A few examples of common jobs and their average costs are:
- Socket installation cost – £60.
- Shower installation cost – £325.
- Fuse box installation cost – £500.
Electrician cost per day
When jobs take longer than a day, electricians will often stop charging an hourly rate and will switch to a daily rate. As covered in the previous section, it is still possible for your electrician to give you a quote for the job rather than its duration.
You may save money if you ask for an upfront quote and the job takes longer than planned as you will still pay the quoted price. Alternatively, if the job takes less time than planned you may miss out on savings.
The average electrician cost per day is £225.
Emergency electricians work outside of usual working hours. They are available overnight, during holidays and on weekends. Unfortunately, if you do need to hire an emergency electrician during these times the usual hourly rate for electricians will increase from £45 to £80.
It is wise to check if a call out charge will be added to the total job cost.
Can I complete electrical jobs myself?
When considering whether you can take on an electrical job yourself the most important consideration is your skill level. Not every job will be as simple as rewiring a plug and you should never attempt an electrical job unless you have the knowledge and experience to do so.
The risks of tackling electrical issues if you are underqualified are numerous. Electricity is dangerous and can be lethal if not dealt with safely. As well as the risk to yourself if electrical jobs are not done correctly there is a risk of fire plus anyone using that electronic item risks electrocution.
Hiring an electrician gives you the confidence that the job will be conducted safely, that the end result will not be a quick fix and that the best specialist equipment will be used.
Due to the danger and complexity of electrical jobs we would recommend hiring a professional. To find a local, reputable, tradesperson in your area and view hourly rates of electricians near you, use our free search feature.
Key takeaways for hiring an electrician
- Electricians are highly qualified professionals dealing with a wide range of electrical jobs.
- Your electrician may quote on an hourly, daily or per job basis.
- There are important safety regulations surrounding electrical jobs.
- Emergency electricians work weekends, holiday and overnight.
- Electricity is dangerous to work with and jobs should not be attempted by anyone who is not qualified.
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