Trades person rates – Food for thought
I’ve had a fair amount of work done on the house over the past 12months, and here’s what I’ve learnt and something the sign industry should take on board.
I had a joiner install 4 door cases, I supplied the materials, and even removed the old door cases before he arrived. The joiner charged £230 for a days work, or £115 for 1/2 a day. My bill came in at £236.50, as he needed some adhesive so that was added to the bill too.
I’m happy with the price, and the work he’s done is better than I could have done myself. He’s made the next step of hanging the doors easier. He’ll be back to do that @ £85 a door, with all doors and furniture supplied.
I appreciate I’m paying the joiner for his skills and knowledge as well as his tools and equipment. He doesn’t have a unit, or a van, and uses his car to carry his tools around, getting materials delivered to site.
This puts into perspective some of the prices we see being charged within our industry.
Not only do some of us have additional overheads such as rent, water, electricity, phone & internet. We have possibly invested £10,000+ in printers and cutters.
The majority of the time we’re not supplying labour only, but are stocking £100’s if not £1000’s in materials and media, and supplying the materials to produce a bespoke finished product.
It puts into perspective those pushing £99 van signs, or even sub £200.
With the increasing costs of not only raw materials, look at the cost of your weekly shop, your home bills. £100 doesn’t buy much these days.
I’ve had conversations with friends in the industry who are complaining, trying to compete with large trade printers, and subcontractor rates. Despite not being either.
They claim they can’t charge these kind of prices, and I ask why not? The signage industry has been under valuing itself for years, in particular the smaller sign makers, and it’s not unreasonable to earn a fair living.
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