Homeowners in the UK often do not think about hiring an electrician until something goes very wrong and necessitates immediate repair. However, it is worth mentioning that electricians can help in a wide range of situations other than electrical repairs. From retrofitting old and risky electrical systems to installing new electrical connections and even testing the safety of current wiring and performing Electrical Inspection Condition Reports, a qualified electrician can do it all. So how much do electricians charge.

Electricians prices list

Most electricians in the UK bill their clients on an hourly or daily basis, with rates varying according to their skills and experience. However, in general, you can hire an electrician for anywhere between £40 and £250 per hour, or a day rate of between £200 and £250. While most electricians have a fixed hourly or daily rate, there are other fees in addition to an electrician’s standard price that you need to consider. For example, there may be a call-out fee of up to twice their standard rate for the first hour or an emergency call-out fee of up to 2.5 to 3 times the standard rate. It is always a good idea to request that your local electrician break down the costs in their quote so that you know exactly how much you are paying and for what. 

The cost of hiring an electrician also varies greatly depending on where you live. Electricians in London and the South East, for example, tend to be 15% to 20% more expensive than the rest of the country. However, this is a minor factor—the type of job, rather than location, will always have a greater impact on your electrician’s quote. With this in mind, we have put together a list of average prices for common electrician jobs across the UK:

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT): £ to £2 per appliance with a minimum of 50 items 

Rewiring a house: £2,000 to £3,000 for a 1 to 2-bedroom house and £4,500 to £7,000 for a 5-bedroom house 

Install access control/door entry: £500 to £800 per door 

Aerial / satellite dish installation (new): £120 to £200 

Install air conditioning: £1000 to £6000 

Fit a carbon monoxide detector: £80 to £130 

Install smoke alarm: £80 to £130 

Electric cooker installation: £40 to £80  

Electric underfloor heating installation: £50 to £80/m2  

General electric installation testing: £80 to £300 

Emergency electrician: £80/hr minimum 

Light fitting: £40 to £60 

New fan fitting: £250 to £500 

Consumer unit replacement (fuse box/circuit breaker panel): £400 to £500 

Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR): £100 to £170 

Socket replacement (supply and fit): £100 to £150 

Fitting wiring for an electric shower: £100 to £250 

Fitting electric shower incl plumbing: £150 to £300 

Earth bonding water and gas pipes: £150 to £250 

Replacing existing extractor fan: £120 to £230 

Supply and fit a central heating room thermostat: £75 to £110 

Supply and fit cylinder thermostat: £100 to £130 Supply and fit central heating control clock: £90 to £150

Now that you know how much to pay, get a few quotes from local, trusted, experienced electricians.