Tradie shortage increases costs

A REPORT released by ServiceSeeking.com.au found that of the top 10 most popular renovation industries, eight are more expensive than last year. 

The average price for an hour of a tradesperson’s time rose from $58.23 to $60.67, year on year (up 4.2 per cent).

ServiceSeeking.com.au is a services marketplace for consumers to hire tradespeople for any type of job around their home. 

“Australia is in the grip of a tradie skills shortage,” ServiceSeeking.com.au CEO Jeremy Levitt said.

“With more Australians feeling confident about rising property prices and undertaking renovation projects, the major constraint is now the number of available tradies with capacity to undertake new work. Fewer tradies are quoting this year than last, so the tradies with capacity end up charging more.”

Painters were the cheapest per hour at $41.66 while plumbers had the highest hourly rate with $78.40.

Flooring and carpentry were the only two industries that were cheaper than last year.

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