• Input benchmarks

    You may find the input benchmarks useful in calculating the expected income based on the labour and materials used. They apply to cement renderers who work directly with household customers and who are responsible for purchasing their own materials.

    The input benchmarks have been developed with advice from the West Australian Solid Plastering Association and trade participants.

    They represent the industry norm. You should consider your own personal circumstances when using the input benchmarks to assess your situation.

    These benchmarks are current as at April 2015.

    Input benchmark guide

    The table below sets out input benchmarks for cement renderers.

    You can use this benchmark to compare and check your business performance to the cement rendering industry average.

    Benchmark guide

    Cost of materials - sand, cement, lime as percentage of price charged to customer*

     

    5–10

    Cement rendering - sand for 100 square metres (10mm depth, 2 coats)

    Tonnes

    2

    Cubic metres

    1.3

    Cement for 100 square metres

    Bags (20kg)

    10

    Average job size (residential)

    Square metres

    400

    Days to complete average job **

    Two tradespeople

    6

    Three tradespeople

    4

    Four tradespeople

    3

    Price charged ($) per square metre (mid range)

    15–30

    *Varies on price charged per square metre.

    **Includes extras such as set out, clean up and manual wash down.

    Notes:

    • All dollar amounts are GST inclusive.
    • Prices charged may vary between states and regions.
    • Add extra charges for cost of scaffolding if required.

    Input benchmark – sales turnover

    You can use this benchmark to:

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

    Income guide

    Two tradespeople

    Three tradespeople

    Four tradespeople

    Amount of sand purchased/used in year (tonnes)

    288

    440

    584

    Amount of cement purchased in year (20kg bags)

    1,440

    2,200

    2,920

    Square meters installed per year

    14,400

    22,000

    29,200

    Average price charged ($) per square metre - materials and labour

    15–30

    15–30

    15–30

    Sales turnover range ($) - labour only

    88,000–154,000

    132,000–231,000

    176,000–308,000

    Sales turnover range ($) - labour and materials

    216,000–432,000

    330,000–660,000

    438,000–876,000

    Average labour charge ($) per day per person

    250–350

    200–350

    200–350

    Average job size - square metres

    400

    400

    400

    Jobs completed per year

    36

    55

    73

    Days to complete average job

    6

    4

    3

    Days worked per year

    220

    220

    220

    Notes:

    • All dollar amounts are GST inclusive.
    • Prices charged may vary between states and regions.

    Input benchmarks examples

    Example 1

    David runs a cement rendering business and has two subcontractors working regularly for him. They work on household jobs only and charge an average of $20 per square metre (excluding scaffolding charges).

    David reviews the statements from his supplier which show that he has purchased 560 tonnes of sand during the year. David allows two tonnes of sand per 100 square metres and estimates he has completed 28,000 square metres.

    As his supply and installation charges are consistent with the benchmarks he uses the benchmark guide to calculate that his total sales should have been $560,000.

    David's records show reported income of $555,000. As this is within the benchmarks he is satisfied with his record keeping.

    Example 2

    Penny has a cement rendering business and has a team of four people on each job.

    On average, Penny charges $25 per square metre (excluding scaffolding charges, which are paid by the customer). Penny estimates her team can render approximately 135 square metres per day, totalling sales of $3,375 per day.

    Checking her business records, Penny finds she has recorded income of $675,000 for the year. Based on these figures, Penny estimates she would have worked 200 days to achieve her yearly income. However Penny has had a busy year and is sure she worked more than that.

    Penny reviews her quote books and finds six jobs where she received cash payments of $60,000, which had not been recorded as income.

    Recalculating her figures, Penny calculates she worked approximately 220 days and earned $735,000 for the year, which is within the benchmarks.

    Penny contacts her bookkeeper for advice on better record keeping practices.

    End of example

    See also:

    Small business benchmarks

      Last modified: 25 Feb 2016QC 43813