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Cost of hiring tradespeople is increasing, with plumbers most pricey

30/01/2017

If you are considering having your pipes checked for the first time in a while, be warned: plumbers are now the most expensive tradie to call in NSW. 

With an average hourly rate of $78.84, plumbers came out on top of the quarterly Tradie Price Index, 

The index, which compared a sample of 52,000 quotes submitted online between October and December last year, found that the cost of hiring a tradesperson increased 9 per cent in NSW since the previous quarter, taking the average hourly rate to $64.46. 

Building and construction, carpentry, electricity, landscaping, painting, plastering, plumbing and tiling were among the trades surveyed by the index.

Victoria has the most affordable tradie rates, at an average of $57.90 an hour, while hourly rates increase sharply in Queensland ($69.93) and Western Australia ($73.08). 

Nationally the average hourly rate across all of the eight surveyed trades is $66.18.

While plumbers are the most expensive groups of tradespeople in NSW, they are followed closely by electricians ($75.43 an hour), landscapers ($70.46) and painters ($50.49).

Housing affordability is becoming increasingly dire and we're seeing less and less properties on the market, It only makes sense that people are choosing to renovate rather than upsize to a new place.

In its most recent quarterly Trades Report, HIA, Australia's peak body for residential building, renovation and development, found persistent shortages of skilled workers had led to upward pressures on trade prices, with severe shortages most evident in the east coast markets.

 

"There are areas of the industry where there is a shortage of workers, bricklayers are a prominent example, as are ceramic tilers," said HIA chief economist Harley Dale.

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