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  • Input benchmarks

    These input benchmarks are under review. If you have any feedback about how these input benchmarks are used, you can email BusinessSegmentPublishing@ato.gov.au

    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 bricklayers who:

    • work directly with household customers
    • are responsible for purchasing their own materials.

    These benchmarks are current as at April 2015.

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    Input benchmark guide

    The table below sets out benchmarks for the inputs bricklayers use in their business.

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

    Remember:

    • All dollar amounts are GST-inclusive.
    • Calculations are based on a standard brick 230mm long × 110mm wide × 76mm high.
    • Prices charged may vary between states and regions.
    • If you are in Tasmania and you need to manually wash bricks, deduct 100–200 bricks (depending on size of job) from the bricks laid per day benchmark figure.

    Coverage rate – number of standard single bricks (230L × 110W × 76H) required per square metre

    50

    Coverage rate – tonnes of sand to make mortar to lay 1,000 bricks

    1

    Coverage rate – number of 20kg cement bags to make mortar to lay 1,000 bricks

    8

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

    10 – 15

    Number of bricks for average job (for example, extension, garden walls or granny flat)

    2,000

    Days to complete average job (including one day for excavation)
    – tradesperson only

    5

    Days to complete average job (including one day for excavation)
    – one tradesperson plus labourer

    4

    Days to complete average job (including one day for excavation)
    – two tradespeople plus labourer

    3

    Price charged per 1,000 bricks – labour only (see note 1)

    $840 – $1,260

    Note 1: Add a further 10% to 15% to the labour charge if sand, cement and lime are supplied.

    Input benchmark – sales turnover

    The table below sets out the income guide for bricklayers.

    You can use these benchmarks to:

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

    Remember:

    • All dollar amounts are GST-inclusive.
    • Prices charged may vary between states and regions.
    • Calculations based on a standard brick 230mm long × 110mm wide × 76mm high.
    • The number of bricks laid per day may vary due to job conditions, different application and finish, and whether the job is new or renovation work.
    • Add brick charges if supplying bricks.
    • In Tasmania, bricks laid and sales per year may be less due to the local process of manual brick washing. The quantities of sand and cement required per year will need to be adjusted accordingly.
    Sales turnover income guide per tradesperson

    Income guide

    Tradesperson only

    Tradesperson plus labourer

    Two tradespeople plus labourer (group of three)

    Tonnes of sand purchased or used per year

    80 – 120

    120 – 160

    160 – 240

    Bags of cement purchased or used per year (20kg bags)

    640 – 960

    960 – 1,280

    1,280 – 1,920

    Bricks laid per day

    350 – 600

    600 – 800

    800 – 1,200

    Bricks laid per year

    70,000 – 120,000

    120,000 – 160,000

    160,000 – 240,000

    Price charged per 1,000 bricks - labour only (see note 2)

    $840 – $1,260

    $840 – $1,260

    $840 – $1,260

    Sales turnover range – labour only (see note 2)

    $58,800 – $151,200

    $100,800 – $201,600

    $134,400 – $302,400 

    Average labour charge per day per person

    $294 – $756

    $252 – $504

    $224 – $504

    Jobs completed per year

    40

    50

    67

    Days to complete average job

    5

    4

    3

    Days worked per year

    200

    200

    200

    Note 2: Add a further 10% to 15% to the labour charge if sand, cement and lime are supplied

    Input benchmark examples

    Example 1

    Ben runs a bricklaying business with one full-time labourer. They work on household jobs only.

    Ben normally charges $1,100 for 1,000 bricks laid. This includes $100 per for sand, cement and lime. Together with his labourer they lay 800 bricks per day.

    Ben's records show that he has used 150 tonnes of sand and 1,200 bags of cement during the year. Using the benchmarks he estimates that they have laid approximately 150,000 bricks. This should have brought in income of about $165,000, including $15,000 for materials.

    Checking his business records, Ben finds he has only recorded income of $136,000 for the year. Ben reviews his quote books and finds that he has not recorded some of his cash work. Ben contacts a bookkeeper for advice on record keeping.

    End of example

     

    Example 2

    Harold and Sandy run a bricklaying partnership with a regular labourer (group of three). They specialise in the domestic renovation and extension market. Harold and Sandy quote for work on the basis they can lay 1,000 bricks per day for which they charge $900 plus $100 for materials.

    Checking their supplier purchase records for the year Harold and Sandy find they have purchased 200 tonnes of sand. For their business this equates to approximately 200,000 bricks laid and sales of $200,000 (including materials).

    Harold and Sandy have recorded sales of $175,000 and decide to check their work diaries for cash work they have not recorded because they were busy. They identify $22,000 in sales that were not recorded and adjust their business records to reflect this.

    End of example

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