QLD is the most expensive state to hire tradespeople

NEW findings have revealed that Queensland is the most expensive state to hire tradespeople.

Queensland has now passed Western Australia as the most expensive state to hire tradespeople according to findings from a sample size of over 58,000 people.

ServiceSeeking.com.au has found that on average, the cost of renovating in the Sunshine State has increased by 7.5% compared to the same time last year.


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The most notable price rises occurred in concreting, which saw an 11.5% increase. Landscaping observed a 9.2% rise and the costs associated with building and home renovations were up 5.9%.

Below are the changes in cost per hour, across ten different industries:
QLD Industries July to Sep 13 July to Sep 14 % Change
Building & Home Renovations $53.31 $56.43 +5.90%
Carpentry $47.64 $49.56 +4.00%
Concreting $59.91 $66.82 +11.50%
Electrical Services $72.31 $74.36 +2.80%
Flooring $35.15 $34.88 -0.80%
Gyprock & Plastering $46.44 $45.92 -1.10%
Landscaping $60.97 $66.57 +9.20%
Painting $42.52 $41.56 -2.30%
Plumbing $77.60 $76.41 -1.50%
Tiling $42.35 $43.16 +1.90%

State July to Sep 13 July to Sep 14 % Change
QLD $58.71 $63.14 +7.5%
WA $64.12 $62.32 -2.8%
NSW $59.23 $58.50 -1.2%
VIC $55.38 $56.56 +2.1%
Average $58.31 $59.70 +2.4%

On average, one hour of trade labour in Queensland was $63.14, which is 6.4% more expensive than the country’s average of 2.4%.

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