Electrical work

Electrician Prices & Average Hourly Rates

Electrical work can be extremely dangerous and should only be carried out by qualified electricians. This doesn’t meant that it has to cost a fortune though –  find out how much you’ll need to pay for electrical work with our guide to electrician prices.

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How Much do Electricians Charge?

Average hourly rate for an electrician in the UK ranges from £40 – £60.

When hiring an electrician, you must keep in mind that most electricians will charge a minimum fee based on the type of project that they will take on. This is even the case for very small projects. So, if the minimum hourly fee for an electrician is £50 per hour, it might only cover the electrician coming to your property and the first hour of work. Electricians rates will vary depending on where you live in the UK, the contractor, license and experience of the service provider. In general, you will either be charged an electrician-hourly rate or a fixed price per job.

When hiring an electrician you need to be very careful as they might be hidden cost factors, so be prepared before deciding to hire one. Before contacting any professional electrician, make sure you ask for estimates or hourly rates, as most electrical contracts will be able to provide you with accurate price quotes. But there are many other factors that may affect the cost of the electrical job such as any additional parts and the complexity of the job. Where possible, it’s better to hire someone who will quote per job, as hourly costs can spiral and there’s less incentive to get the job done.

By law, all electrical work needs to be carried out in accordance with the Building Regulations Part P: Electrical Safety to reduce the risk of electrical fire and shock accidents.  So, it’s necessary that you hire someone qualified to carry out any electrical work – get advice on how to find a qualified electrician.

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Electrician Hourly Rates and Guarantees

Here we must point out that there is difference between  the rate the electrician gets and and the rate the electrician will charge. Travel, supplies and business expenses are not always included in the bill. However, many times electricians are very clear about the actual costs and indicate clearly the labour costs and other costs. In this guide you will find detailed information on how much a licensed electrician will charge.

In general, it is not advisable to look for companies for small jobs as they are usually not interested in taking them. Furthermore, hiring an electrician to do side work, will certainly cost you less as most electrical contractors are happy to work on such projects and even work without the overhead of an electrical company. When this is the case, you might be able to find electricians charging less than a professional company.

So when hiring a local electrician always consider the following cost factors:

Distance: The further away from you location the electricians are based, the more it is likely to charge you as they included the travel expenses into the hourly costs.

Accessibility: The simpler the project, the less you will have to pay. If you project involves complex work like running a new circuit through finished walls, the cost will increase as it will take more time to complete.

Experience: There are three licence grades for electricians : Trainee Electrician, Electrician, Electrician and Site Technician.  Each grade requires more knowledge, experience and testing which translates into higher rates.

Location: The further away you live from London and major cities, the less you are likely to pay.

  • Most electricians will prefer to work on a fixed cost project, as it more motivating.
  • You should get a many detailed offers on the prices of each part that will be needed, so that you will be able to save as much money as possible from the parts alone.
  • Make sure you have created a detailed document with all the work that the electrician will have to do.
  • Talk to your contractor about what will happen in the case you are not satisfied or if something unexpected happens after completing all work.
  • Double check all warranties and have a clear understanding of everything that is included in the estimate.
  • Make sure your electrician is licensed (You can do that online easily).
  • Ask for as many references possible and read reviews on trusted only web sites from real people.

Electrician prices

Electrical JobDetailsPrice rangeTime Needed
Perform an electrical inspection reportA domestic electrical installation condition report, will reveal if any electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded and whether there are any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards.£90 -£1804–8 hours
Consumer unit replacementInstallation of the distribution board, which feeds electricity via fuses to the different circuits in the house.£350-£5000.5-1 day
Electric shower installationDrill holes, feed the pipe and electric cable, connect inlet pipe, fix the cable to the unit, fit the cover and rail, screw the hose to the handset.£250-£4000.5-1 day
Repair a damaged power cableDamaged power cables can be extremely dangerous and they always need either to be replaced or repaired.£40-£500.5-1 hour

How much do electricians charge to install lighting?

If you are planning to install or replace a light or lighting fixture inside or outside your house, the following price list will help you estimate the installation cost for each electrical job.

Electrical JobDetailsPrice rangeTime Needed
Replace light fittingTurn off the power off, remove light bulb cover and bulbs, unscrew the screws or nuts, lower fixture base, remove electrical tape or wire nuts, re-Attach wires with wire nuts, raise and position new fixture.£40-£600.5-1 hour
Install a light in loftSupply and fit a new light in a loft along with a switch outside the loft hatch.£80-£1502–3 hours
Old strip lighting replacement in the kitchen with LED downlightersThe electrician will remove the old strip lighting in the kitchen and install a brand new one with LED down lighters.£280 -£4005–8 hours
Fit an electric cookerThe installation of a new electric cooker requires its own circuit and also must be controller by its own fuse at the consumer unit.£55-£801 hour
Install an external security lightDrill a hole, connect cable cores, fix the light to your wall, attach a bracket to the box, pair each wire, attach the fixture to the box.£90-£1401 -3 hours (depending on distance of the light from the electrical supply ad the length of the cable that is required)
Install a double socketTwin socket supply and installation.£90 -£125 1-3 hours
Fit a new light in a ceiling roseFitting a new light in a ceiling rose£90-£1401 – 2 hours

Electricians central heating prices

Central heating problem diagnosis from £50 to £80 for first hour, £40 for each subsequent hour. Usually it takes 1 hour to diagnose most problems and the rest within 2 hours.

Price list for room thermostat, central heating wiring, immersion heater, boiler time clock

Electrical JobDetailsPrice rangeTime Needed
Room thermostat, supply and fitSupply and fit a room thermostat to prevent your home from getting warmer than necessary.£75 – £1501-2 hours
Central heating wiring installationThe installation includes  romwiring center, programmer and room thermostat£200 – £2504-5 hours
Immersion heaterimmersion heater dp switch supply and connect£80 – £1501-2 hours
Boiler time clockSupply and fit a boiler control clock£90 – £1501-2 hours

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Sockets & switches prices

Bellow you can see the price list for sockets and switches:

Electrical JobPrice Range
Sockets supply and fit£50 – £70
Sockets replace£30 – £50
Downlighters supply and fit£40 – £60
Relocate switches£50 – £80
Cooker switches supply and fit£125 – £150
Cooker switch replace£50 – £70
Cooker hood socket£50 – £70

Bathroom electricians prices

Bellow you can see the price list for bathroom electrical jobs:

Electrical JobPrice Range
Shower points with switch under 9.5kw£120 -£140
Shower point with switch over 9.5kw£140 – £160
Fans supply and fit  (vented by others)£120 – £150
Inline fans (vented by others )£130 – £160
Shaver socket supply and fit£60 – £80

Electrician prices for wiring and rewiring properties

  • The cost of rewiring a house will depend on the size of the property.  As a guide, WhatPrice say that the average cost of a full rewire in a three-bed home comes to £2,700
  • Wiring a new build three-bed house is slightly cheaper and costs around £2,500

Electrical Survey Cost

electrical survey costThe National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) recommends having your household electrics checked at least once every 10 years. An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) will check that circuits aren’t overloaded and make sure that all electrical wiring and appliances are safe. EICRs were previously known as Periodic Inspection Reports and they should only be carried out by a qualified electrician.

  • The cost for EICRs starts from £90 and is dependent on the size of the property.

PAT Testing Prices

It’s also a good idea to carry out portal appliance testing (PAT) to make sure that your electrical equipment and appliances are safe to use. PAT testing prices usually depend on how many items you need to have tested. The cost of Portable Appliance Testing can vary between electricians but as a general rule estimate £3 – £4 per appliance for contacting a professional PAT testing company. Furthermore, if you’re in charge of a non-domestic property PAT is particularly important; under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 you must make sure that any electrical equipment is kept in a safe condition.


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