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Posted on: 13 Feb, 2020

Complete Guide On Labour Hire Rates

Author: Amelia Varley

Skilled or unskilled labours are required to accomplish various factory works and you need to hire some skilled labours according to their specialization. Unskilled labours are hired for construction/ maintenance work, plumbing, vehicle loading /unloading, gardening, as a cleaner, as packers, and to move materials within factory premises etc. Skilled labours are engaged in machinery operation, as warehouses/ retail stores managers and staff supervisor. The labours are considered skilled; based on their experiences on the respective areas of operation or training by the labour providing firm. The labours can be hired based on the necessities of the client or organization for short term or long-term basis.

The approximate average labour hire rate at Australia is about $50/hour, it can vary based on the skill set of the hired labour and complexity of the works. In the trend of labour hiring rate, you can find cheap labours in Western Australia than southern Australian region. The hire rate of skilled labours for technical operations; may also include equipment /instruments like Personal protective equipment usage charges. It is better to consult a labour recruitment company in this regard and you can discuss your nature of work with them. They can provide you some trained and skilled labours according to your needs. 

How would you hire labours for your limited projects?

The labour hire rate depends upon the type of tasks like forklift operation, electrical works, welding, external installations on high risers and complexity of jobs like operating heavy machinery to be performed. The labour-hire rate is also varied based on the location of the job to be performed, availability of labours in the working area, working shifts and working hours. The labour hire rates at remote locations are higher than well-connected areas due to additional allowances to the labours. Also, labours agreed to work on holidays may charge a different rate than for other days. You may need to pay them extra allowances for working on the holiday.

  • This short term activities, labour hire rate can be on hourly basis, daily basis, or on a weekly basis and the rates shall be based on the amount and period of work available with the client. For household jobs, hiring labours to complete a targeted job or for complete working hours (8 hours) for one to several days; become economical.
  • However, for construction sites/factory operations, where labours are hired for long term basis, a contractual labour hire rate can be effective. This agreement between labour hiring client and labour provider firm is a legal prerequisite for the terms of payments, occupational health and safety, and other responsibilities among the parties.
  • For factory labours, the labour hire rate is considered based on pay rates of other employees, an agreement between client and labour supplier, levies on labour compensation and applicable legal/ statutory fees.  The rate applied to the client includes hourly charges, allowances, holiday charges and overtime charges.

The labour hiring rate being the major variable for construction projects or factory operations, economical labour hiring arrangements are to be adopted. To make cost-effective hiring of labour/s for any kind of activities, the client should plan project target with tentative date, and you must decide types of skilled or unskilled and number of labours required for the project. Then you can  decide a duration based rates agreement with labour suppliers. This process can optimize the labour hire rate and ease the proper utilization of hired labour/s, utilities, time and other resources.

The labour hire rates are dependent on several factors including availability of labour during the requirements. To avoid this bottleneck and interruption in long term activities, a contractual agreement with labour/s or labour providing firms is an effective measure.