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Budgeting for key trades: a guide to labour rates

The Build It Estimating Service’s Adrian Wild shares the typical hourly pay rates tradespeople apply to their quotes

A s a rough guide, around a third of the budget for any self build or renovation project goes into labour costs. So, in theory, you could save a considerable sum of money if you take on the work yourself. In practice, of course, few of us have the experience or time to take a DIY approach. So we need to pay people who do have the right skills to complete the works for us.

Project routes & costs

There are several ways to successfully run a construction scheme (and manage the labour). Hiring a general builder to run the scheme is a popular option, for instance. This route is likely to be more expensive than handling things yourself.

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