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christaper22
22-06-2010, 03:24 PM
How are prices around the country? I know some people will be getting 3-4 quid per m2 but in general working as a sub for a main builder what are your rates.

2 years ago i was getting 2.10 supplying im now getting 1.90 supplying from the same company but have had no work for 2 weeks so have done a house to fill in and they are paying 1.65 which is getting down towards the "like f**k am i working for that" level.

I have even heard of one company paying 1 pound labour only! Dont know how that is justifiable to anyone working for them.

cornerbox
22-06-2010, 05:47 PM
hello christaper22,
In 1987 i was getting 0,85 pence m no materials,Hey Inflation.

DMC
24-06-2010, 02:31 PM
Was offered a job supply and fit as long as i only charged 2 per m2, my sides are still aching. :mad:

christaper22
24-06-2010, 08:42 PM
So what would you say is a reasonable price per m2?

matt
24-06-2010, 08:48 PM
Has anyone actually got the rate they wanted then the exact measure to boot. They say its ? m2 then shaft you through the measure, taking out windows doors etc
Its not easy

amestaper
24-06-2010, 09:08 PM
Ive been humped a few times when someones elses estimate came up short of my own measure. Why dont you give the customer a fixed price so you can disguise your rate in amongst beads, painting etc so it doesnt give people the chance to play you off against someone else on price only?

TonyM
24-06-2010, 10:02 PM
I've just priced a job this week and gave the developer a total price per unit. He then asked for it to be broken down into boarding, taping and coving. So if i'm lucky, I might get the coving ;)
The rates vary so much from job to job. One job I can get 3.50, the next 2.75. The thing is, they get the same finished product for that money. If it's a fair run of work, then you can be a bit keener with your rate. If the work is measured, then I agree the measuring method before I start. You should either get paid a straight through measure, or openings out, but bead paid for.

E.K Taper
24-06-2010, 11:39 PM
I never let on what my rate is to a contractor, I just measure up and give them the price. If I get it, great. They always have an idea how much it should cost so if you are round about their figure then should be ok. Generally charging between 3.50 - 4 m2 I dont normally get a knockback

DMC
25-06-2010, 02:04 PM
So what would you say is a reasonable price per m2?


Really from about 3 a m2, gives you a fighting chance,sometimes you get more others you need to bite the bullet and take less,once contractors get to know you they know what your looking for.

christaper22
25-06-2010, 03:22 PM
3 would be nice, but there is no company in the south west that pays anywhere near that!

DMC
25-06-2010, 05:02 PM
3 would be nice, but there is no company in the south west that pays anywhere near that!



Not even for supplying material as well?

TonyM
25-06-2010, 09:05 PM
3 would be nice, but there is no company in the south west that pays anywhere near that!

[In a pantomime stylee] Oh yes there is, i'm working for one at the moment.

christaper22
26-06-2010, 06:36 AM
Is that for a major house builder, or commercial jobs?

TonyM
26-06-2010, 11:06 PM
Is that for a major house builder, or commercial jobs?

Small developments, not the big boys. They can keep their rates.

turktown taper
14-07-2010, 09:52 PM
im working on flats at the moment,and im being told im getting 1.50 a meter & im working a 8-9 hrs a day and im only getting up to around 120 a day mark !! do you think this is good ?
i think a lot of work for not alot of money !!
and an other thing, why do they take out the windows in the price, so we do them for free then!!!:mad:

amestaper
14-07-2010, 09:58 PM
im working on flats at the moment,and im being told im getting 1.50 a meter & im working a 8-9 hrs a day and im only getting up to around 120 a day mark

Why dont you take your own measure and find out what you're being paid? I've been short changed so many times and give fixed prices now instead of taking someone elses word for it.

TonyM
15-07-2010, 04:56 PM
im working on flats at the moment,and im being told im getting 1.50 a meter & im working a 8-9 hrs a day and im only getting up to around 120 a day mark !! do you think this is good ?
i think a lot of work for not alot of money !!
and an other thing, why do they take out the windows in the price, so we do them for free then!!!:mad:

If they took out the measure for the window and didn't pay for the bead work, then they'd have no corner bead, if I was doing it.

Captain perfect
15-07-2010, 05:10 PM
If they took out the measure for the window and didn't pay for the bead work, then they'd have no corner bead, if I was doing it.

When I am told that ''We'' dont pay our guys for extenals, my standard reply is OK I'll leave them all off
& you get one of your guys to come & put em on after,

wrightyboy
15-07-2010, 08:30 PM
If they took out the measure for the window and didn't pay for the bead work, then they'd have no corner bead, if I was doing it.
there rests the case for the defense. if they dont pay for it, they dont get it

wrightyboy
15-07-2010, 08:33 PM
jointing on quatro board at the mo, every jointers dream. last bloke jacked in at 2.25 m2 labour only. ive come to pick up the pieces on d/work

TonyM
16-07-2010, 01:24 PM
jointing on quatro board at the mo, every jointers dream. last bloke jacked in at 2.25 m2 labour only. ive come to pick up the pieces on d/work

I was charging a fiver a metre for the gyptone (similar to quattro) boards about 6-7 yrs ago. Not surprised he jacked.

wrightyboy
16-07-2010, 03:36 PM
I was charging a fiver a metre for the gyptone (similar to quattro) boards about 6-7 yrs ago. Not surprised he jacked.
told my boss i wantd 6/m for it. off a tower scaff and sloped. he laughed me off.
now hes paying me 160/day to finish it off.
where do these people get the idea that theres a recession so someone will do it.
you reap what you sow:nono:

JON RAMBO
18-07-2010, 09:28 PM
we get 80p a square metre for the last 13 years and dont get paid for beads and if you dont like it you can fcuk off we get told.:(

wrightyboy
19-07-2010, 07:03 PM
we get 80p a square metre for the last 13 years.:(
where abouts are you working, havent ever worked for less than a pound and that was when i first started about 16 years ago

crack filler
19-07-2010, 08:31 PM
next time your boss tells you if you don,t like it f**k off go its still not great out there but its better than that.

happytaper
20-07-2010, 10:40 PM
Thats a total disgrace. Id be long gone by now cant expect a man to work for nothing.He must be making a fortune out of you. not fair. how many people will be willing to take your place for that kinda money? you gotta get a new employer!

cleveland steamer
22-07-2010, 11:12 AM
working in monmouth on 3 sq m.labour only.

DMC
22-07-2010, 02:59 PM
working in monmouth on 3 sq m.labour only.


I'm on my way :D

cleveland steamer
22-07-2010, 04:09 PM
might need some extra bodies.

christaper22
27-07-2010, 07:29 PM
For 3 per m i'll travel there. If you want a extra hand let me know.

Mark'the'Taper
24-01-2011, 07:48 PM
too much competition out there just now, we are all cutting each others throats. I'm happy at 2.50m2......and i was getting that 7 years ago!

jase hag
25-01-2011, 05:56 PM
[In a pantomime stylee] Oh yes there is, i'm working for one at the moment.

me too.

ProbeGT
08-03-2011, 12:48 AM
so 3pounds/m2 is about 0.46USD per square feet

you guys have about the same price as I get here in Quebec. (labour only) on easy jobs we usually have .365$ per feet. but we are sub contractors. No mess with material, no mess with not getting paid, no mess to explain the owner why the painter applied dirty water instead of primer on his walls etc. Job done, job paid, it's worth the .80$ for me. Working for the same company all year long, always near home (max 20 minutes from home) I've never been happier to do this job.

southern jointer
30-03-2011, 08:04 PM
at the moment 2.60 sqm Labour only

crack filler
30-03-2011, 08:10 PM
at the moment 2.60 sqm Labour only

I would bite your hand off for that at the moment

southern jointer
30-03-2011, 08:19 PM
last year in january i've worked for 1.40 and 33 miles from home , last 7-8 months im lucky to be local and getting good rates

TonyM
30-03-2011, 08:33 PM
See! The rates are out there. It's the fact that people are willing to work for f*** all, that the majority of rates are low.

matt
30-03-2011, 08:36 PM
Good rate, have you got a run at it too?

JDM-amestaping
31-03-2011, 09:45 AM
company i'm subbying for just now is paying me 2.50 m2 labour only and 3 per metre for beads. contracts manager shopped around but all other companys were wanting more so guess someones making money elsewhere if they can afford to overprice work. 2.50 is very reasonable at the minute.

phatjoint
08-04-2011, 09:20 PM
Labour only around 2-50 m2
supply /labour as a subbie 3-00m2
direct to a main contractor 4-00m2 but then wait 2 months for your readies minus deductions

turktown taper
10-04-2011, 04:54 AM
Labour only around 2-50 m2
supply /labour as a subbie 3-00m2
direct to a main contractor 4-00m2 but then wait 2 months for your readies minus deductions

Who do u work for ,I would love to earn that! We are on1.30 a m2, and I know of Jointers supplying for 2.00 m2

DMC
10-04-2011, 05:58 PM
I know of some tapers working there nuts off for 90p per metre that includes beads. :nono:

phatjoint
10-04-2011, 07:44 PM
Who do u work for ,I would love to earn that! We are on1.30 a m2, and I know of Jointers supplying for 2.00 m2

a private developer
kept me going for around 5 months last year and so far had about 8 weeks off him this year

just been given a rate of 1-35 subbing off someone else for 6 flats and 1-55 another contract again subbing (a shop unit) both labour only

the rates do vary