Handyman Hourly Rate Suggestions Plse

Hi Y'all. I am in the Newcastle area (in case that makes a difference).
I am happy to pay a handyman a fair hourly rate. I also believe in compensating them for travel time.
I am after some suggestions for a rate that would be fair to both parties.
I suggest that there are a couple of categories of projects where skills needed are compensated for.
Cat.1. Highly Skilled Handyman type job
Cat 2. The sort of job that most people could do themselves if they had the time/inclination.
I prefer to err on the slightly generous side.
Thanks. Le Peck

Comments

  • +9 votes

    As a skilled tradesman… I'm curious at your idea of "fair"…

    Are you looking to haggle with them over price?

    If you are looking for someone who will do it for $15/h, you are better off asking on sites like Airtasker… But, the general rule is, good tradesmen aren't cheap and cheap tradesmen aren't good.

    • +3 votes

      No, In fact the exact opposite. You are way off the mark. I posted here to get an opinion on a 'fair rate'.
      Note that my post clearly says that :-
      "I prefer to err on the slightly generous side." "I also believe in compensating them for travel time."
      Does that sound like I am looking for $15/h person?
      I'd prefer to pay an hourly rate than a 'job quote', because some people find that the job takes them longer than they expected. That is not fair on them.
      Also, if it is an hourly rate, they won't be so inclined to rush it, and so the result should be better.
      And I frequently tip the people.

  • +1 vote

    Let me get my crystal ball
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    Two fiddy

    • +3 votes

      You forgot travel…

      its three fiddy…

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    how longs a piece of string.
    For what sort of work?
    How long will they take? quick job? long project?

  • +2 votes

    $40ph minimum. Otherwise you're going to end up with a high school certificate kid that was flipping burgers last week for $20ph.

    Anyone that gets their hands dirty like builders, plumbers, electricians, carpenters at least $80 per hour.

    • +3 votes

      The kinda Ute they drive is a good indication of the rate…Oh wait and also how much recovery gear and LED lightbars are on it.

      • +3 votes

        That too. Used to give jobs to those with old banged up utes because they are either honest or very good at hiding their money.

  • +1 vote

    Where my GF lives on Sydney's Lower North Shore they pay $50-$60/hr cash for a handyman. Generally they have to travel a bit but travel time isn't paid for, just time on job.

    I'm 2 train stops south of Central Railway and it's $40-$50/hr.

    You can get cheaper but I'm not aware of the quality of the work.

  • -1 vote

    Are you asking for yourself so you know how much to charge or are you asking so that you can pay someone to do something? Where I come from, the person who's doing the job tells me what their rates are.

  • +2 votes

    Anything requiring a trade would be a minimum of $80 an hour
    Else airtasker it for $40-$50 an hour

    Unless it basic gardening etc that anyone could do, then you could get your kids to do it for $5 an hour.

    • -1 vote

      except if it is rusell coight, in that case you should charge -$100 an hour

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        "$100 every hour per person per man per degree over 25 degrees celsius per km if walking on foot, in the winter months dividing it by 2 plus another $100 at the end"

        For those that need a refresher 2;35 mark

  • +3 votes

    Depends on the job

    Depends on the qualification

    Generally speaking i would say if you got an actual trade qualification $50-120hr (assuming not a Cash. Cash job around $40-70 if cash) plus materials

    Non skilled workers $20-40hr (almost always cash)

    Roof plumbers are probably the most expensive in my experience

    As for travel that should all be built into the price - some trades men charge a call out fee which is fair enough but waive if you accept the quote and give them the job

  • +1 vote

    Thanks for the constructive feed back.
    With jobs that I need a fully qualified tradesman for, my experience has been of a rate of about $150 for the first hour and about $100 per hour thereafter.
    And I don't begrudge that.
    For Skilled and unskilled 'handymen' I was not sure of a 'ball-park' figure. My assumption was that they need to make at least $60K p.a. & probably a bit more. Therefore I thought that $50 - 70 per hour might have been reasonable.
    In all cases I pay cash, and I don't ask for a cash discount.