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  • Input benchmarks

    These input benchmarks have been developed in consultation with the:

    • National Federation of Bricklayers and Masonry Employers Association
    • Tasmanian Master Bricklayers Association
    • Masonry Contractors Association of NSW/ACT
    • Master Bricklayers and Segmental Paviors Association of Queensland.

    They represent the industry norm and apply to blocklayers who work directly with household customers and are responsible for purchasing their own materials.

    These benchmarks are current as at April 2015.

    Input benchmark guide

    The table below sets out input benchmarks for blocklayers.

    You can use these benchmarks to compare and check your business performance to the blocklaying industry average.

    Remember that all dollar amounts are GST-inclusive and that prices charged may vary between states and regions.

    Coverage rate – number of standard single blocks with mortar required per square metre

    12.5

    Cost of materials – sand, cement and lime as a percentage of labour price charged to customer

    5 – 10

    Average job size (for example, retaining wall, granny flat, small carport) – blocks

    1,250

    Average job size (for example, retaining wall, granny flat, small carport) – square metres

    100

    Days to complete average job (see note 1) – without reinforcement
    (tradesperson only)

    11

    Days to complete average job (see note 1) – without reinforcement
    (one tradesperson plus labourer)

    7

    Days to complete average job (see note 1) – without reinforcement
    (two tradespeople plus labourer)

    4

    Days to complete average job (see note 1) – with core fill and reinforcement
    (tradesperson only)

    14

    Days to complete average job (see note 1) – with core fill and reinforcement
    (one tradesperson plus labourer)

    9

    Days to complete average job (see note 1) – with core fill and reinforcement
    (two tradespeople plus labourer)

    6

    Price charged per block (various sizes) – labour only (see note 2)

    $3.15 – $5.25

    Price charged per square metre – labour only (see note 2)

    $39.40 – $65.60

    Note 1: Includes extras such as set out, clean up and manual wash down.

    Note 2: If you supply sand, cement and lime for mortar, add a further 5% to 10% to income from labour to estimate sales turnover.

    Input benchmark – sales turnover

    You can use these benchmarks to:

    • estimate your income
    • compare your income against the blocklaying industry average
    • check that your records accurately reflect your income.

    Remember that :

    • All dollar amounts are GST-inclusive.
    • Prices charged may vary between states and regions.
    • Blocks laid per day allows for all size blocks used (solid or hollow).
    • If you supply blocks allow $2 to $5 per block depending on size used.
    • If you supply blocks and reinforcement, allow $8 to $10 per blocklaying costs plus mortar.
    Sales turnover – income guide per tradesperson

    Income guide

    Tradesperson only

    Tradesperson plus labourer

    Two tradespeople plus labourer (group of three)

    Square metres laid per year

    1,700 – 2,310

    2,500 – 3,080

    3,400 – 4,620

    Blocks laid per year

    21,250 – 28,875

    31,250 – 38,500

    42,500 – 57,750

    Price charged per square metre – labour (see note 3)

    $39.40 – $65.60

    $39.40 – $65.60

    $39.40 – $65.60

    Sales turnover range – labour only (see note 3)

    $66,980 – $151,536

    $98,500 – $202,048

    $133,960 – $303,072

    Average labour charge per day per person

    $335 – $758

    $246 – $505

    $223 – $505

    Jobs completed per year

    18

    26

    40

    Days worked in year

    200

    200

    200

    Note 3: If you supply sand, cement and lime for mortar, add a further 5 – 10% to income from labour to estimate sales turnover.

    Input benchmark examples

    Example 1

    Cyril runs a blocklaying business specialising in landscape renovations for households. He always works with one subcontractor. He charges an average of $4 per block to lay, which is $50 per square metre.

    Cyril's records, including quote books and tax invoices, show that he has laid 2,700 square metres of blocks in the year for income of $135,000. As this is within the benchmarks he is satisfied with his record keeping.

    End of example

    Example 2

    Ray and Stephen run a blocklaying partnership with a regular labourer (group of three), specialising in domestic blocklaying for retaining walls and other garden renovations. They supply the blocks and organise delivery for customers. Customers purchase the sand, cement and lime for mortar as instructed by Ray and Stephen.

    Checking their supplier purchase records for the year, Ray and Stephen find they have purchased 50,000 blocks to lay at an average $4 per block. They estimate their income for labour should be $200,000.

    As they have only recorded labour income of $175,000, Ray and Stephen decide to check their work diaries and find cash work they have not recorded because they were busy. They contact their tax agent for advice.

    End of example

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