Cost of calling a tradie is becoming cheaper

LOCAL labour prices are bucking the trend of the commonly perceived "Gladstone tax", according to figures released by labour quotation database Service Seeking.

The 2014 average hourly rate for a tradesman has dropped 7.2% in central Queensland since 2013.

Consumers have enjoyed reduced labour costs in plastering, landscaping and electrical services, while concreting, building and home renovations, plumbing and carpentry rates continue to climb.

The cheapest trades to hire in central Queensland include painters at $38.83 per hour, or a plasterer at $45 per hour.

Plumbing and electrical services are still in high demand in Gladstone, with a price tag to match.

Gladstone electrician Ian Knowles said the elevated rates were the last remaining residues of the boom.

"I'm no statistician, but what I would say is these figures are showing the trades people who are last on a construction site," he said.

"Electricians and plumbers may still be benefiting from the last of the boom."

While most trades have suffered a downturn over the past year, none more so than the humble landscaper, who recorded a 31% drop in rates.

Local landscaper Craig Rose said the figures could be arising from the lack of work left in Gladstone.

"I think that because the boom has finished, the demand for trades has decreased," he said.

"The high prices for trades may be because of a lack of work and a need to see ends meet. I know for one that times are tough if you're still wanting work in Gladstone."

TRADIE LABOUR COSTS

Central Queensland tradespeople, average hourly rate:

Painting $38.83

Plastering and Gyprock $45

Carpentry $49.69

Building and home renovations $54.55

Landscaping $59

Concreting $65.42

Electrical services $72.25

Plumbing $79.46



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