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.
How Much do Electricians Charge?
Rates for electricians will vary depending on where in the country you live and the contractor. In general, you will either be charged an electrician hourly rate or a fixed price per 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.
- According to WhatPrice, the average hourly rate for an electrician in the UK is £31
By law, all electrical work needs to be carried out in accordance with Building Regulations Part P: Electrical Safety to reduce the risk of electrical fire and shock accidents. So, it’s essential that you hire someone qualified to carry out electrical work – get advice on how to find a qualified electrician.
Electrician prices and completion times
|Electical Job||Details||Price range||Expected time to complete job|
|Replace light fitting||Turn 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-£60||0.5-1 hour|
|Perform an electrical inspection report||A 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 -£180||4–8 hours|
|Consumer unit replacement||Installation of the distribution board, which feeds electricity via fuses to the different circuits in the house.||£350-£500||0.5-1 day|
|Electric shower installation||Drill 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-£400||0.5-1 day|
|Install a light in loft||Supply and fit a new light in a loft along with a switch outside the loft hatch.||£80-£150||2–3 hours|
|Old strip lighting replacement in the kitchen with LED downlighters||The electrician will remove the old strip lighting in the kitchen and install a brand new one with LED down lighters.||£280 -£400||5–8 hours|
|Outdoor power socket installation||Fit a new socket and wire the cables.||£95 -£125||1-3 hours|
|Replace standard light switch with a dimmer switch||Turn off power, unscrew and remove switch plate, unscrew switch, remove wires from old switch, attach black wires, push new switch into the electrical box, and screw it on the switch plate, push the control knob.||£45 -£70||0.5-1 hour|
|Fit an electric cooker||The installation of a new electric cooker requires its own circuit and also must be controller by its own fuse at the consumer unit.||£45-£70||1 hour|
|Repair a damaged power cable||Damaged power cables can be extremely dangerous and they always need either to be replaced or repaired.||£40-£50||0.5-1 hour|
|Install an external security light||Drill 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-£140||1 -3 hours (depending on distance of the light from the electrical supply ad the length of the cable that is required)|
|Install a double socket||Double socket supply and installation.||£90 -£125||1-3 hours|
|Fit a new light in a ceiling rose||Fitting a new light in a ceiling rose||£90-£140||1 – 2 hours|
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 is £2,708
- Wiring a new build three-bed house is slightly cheaper at around £2,447
- Which? says that replacing wiring to a power point or light fitting will cost £53
Electrical Survey Cost
The 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 NICEIC says that prices for EICRs start at around £100 and are 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 £1 – £2 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.