PAT Testing Cost & Prices 2024

The average cost of PAT testing is usually between £125 – £175 depending on the number of appliances tested. Typically an upfront fee of between £50 – £100 is charged for a small number of appliances, then between £1.50 – £2.50 per appliance.

Average Cost

We contacted several different companies for quotes. Most companies charge a flat fee for the first batch of appliances, and then a small fee for each appliance tested after that.

Below is a simplified version of average PAT costs.

Number of AppliancesTotal Cost

Generally, a flat fee is from £50 – £100 which covers the first 10 or so items, then between £1.00 – £2.50 per appliance after that. The more appliances tested, the lower the cost per appliance.

If a full day is required, expect to pay around £400 – £450 or more including VAT.

A table with average figures for various numbers of appliances is given below. Prices include VAT. To understand this table, the first 10 appliances are charged at a flat £75 fee, then the next 40 appliances are charged at £2.50, then the rest are charged at £1.50 per appliance.

Number of AppliancesInitial Fee (Up to 10 Devices)10 - 50 Devices (@£2.50/appliance)50 - 100 Devices (@£1.50/appliance)Total Cost

Factors Affecting the Cost

Location of Appliances

One factor is whether appliances are located in one area or spread out like in a major office, building or school.

Because the electrician will need more time to reach all the appliances, they will charge more to cover their labour costs.

Location of Contractor

Labour costs in London and the south of England are generally more expensive than elsewhere.

If the contractor needs to travel beyond a certain radius, then they may add an extra fee on top.

A good proportion of electricians don’t offer PAT testing. If your premises are located in a more remote area, then you may need to get a quote further afield.

Additional Services Offered

Professional testing companies may offer work beyond the initial PAT testing. Pass and Fail labelling is usually included in the initial pricing along with the PAT Testing Certificate and every appliance test result.

However, if you want any devices that have failed to pass, they’ll need to add that in. Work like fuse replacements (25p – 50p per item), rewiring existing plugs (£1.50 – £2.00 per item) and fitting a replacement plug (£4.00 – £5.00 per item) are common extras.

What is PAT Testing?

PAT testing, or Portable Appliance Testing, is used to examine electrical equipment and appliances to determine whether they are safe to use.

PAT testing isn’t required by legislation, but it is the easiest way to satisfy the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and other regulations.

Therefore, they are conducted regularly in business premises and a PAT testing certificate is issued upon completion along with every serial number of the appliances tested.

Why You Can Trust This Cost Data

We received quotes from over 40 different electricians throughout the country. We found the most common type of pricing and averaged out the different prices given and price thresholds for the number of appliances. We would like to give special thanks to the following companies for their replies to our inquiries:

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