Friday 1 July 2022 09:24 AM Tradies reveal the five factors behind Australia's construction crisis trends now

Friday 1 July 2022 09:24 AM Tradies reveal the five factors behind Australia's construction crisis trends now
Friday 1 July 2022 09:24 AM Tradies reveal the five factors behind Australia's construction crisis trends now

Friday 1 July 2022 09:24 AM Tradies reveal the five factors behind Australia's construction crisis trends now

Building industry workers have been hit hard by Australia's construction crisis, and are struggling not to pass on costs to their customers. 

Tradeies said spiralling material costs, choked supply chains, fuel and vehicle price hikes, difficulty finding staff, and high wages were the five main factors making their lives tough. 

Over the past year 85 per cent of tradespeople have increased prices with more than half forced to do so in the past three months, according to a report by jobs website Hipages.

With timber prices up by at least 20 per cent and metal prices rising 15 per cent in the past years, workers said raw materials are the major factor pushing up costs. 

Feeding this is a global supply chain crisis, and a severe labour shortage post-pandemic, raising the cost of renovations and new home builds.

Geelong-based carpenter Donald Conway says he is doing his best to hold his prices down but the skyrocketing price of basic materials is hitting is his bottom line

Geelong-based carpenter Donald Conway says he is doing his best to hold his prices down but the skyrocketing price of basic materials is hitting is his bottom line

Justin Tanios, from Sydney, said most of his customers were understanding of the price pressures on tradies but not everyone could afford to pay for hikes

Justin Tanios, from Sydney, said most of his customers were understanding of the price pressures on tradies but not everyone could afford to pay for hikes  

Geelong carpenter Donald Conway nominated material costs as the major hurdle to keeping his quotes down. 

'For us, the cost of materials in the past four to five months has had the biggest impact,' Mr Conway said.

'The costs have been rising across the board from fuel to the flooding in Queensland affecting supply of certain types of timber. 

'With timber going up even by say $2 per linear metre, a decking project can start to really add up quickly.'

Justin Tanios, Director of Levelline Renovations & Plumbing in Sydney, said with the cost of raw materials going 'through the roof' he was making every effort not to pass those on. 

Mr Tanios said a strategy he was using to keep costs down was to only do jobs in a 15-20km local radius

Mr Tanios said a strategy he was using to keep costs down was to only do jobs in a 15-20km local radius

'While most people are pretty understanding of the cost pressures, there are people who aren't in a position to pay higher prices,' Mr Tanios said.

THE FIVE FACTORS MAKING LIFE HARD FOR TRADIES

1) Rising material costs

2) Choked supply chains

3) Fuel and vehicle price hikes

4) Difficulty finding staff

5) High wages

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One strategy he had adopted was only taking jobs in a 15-20km local radius.

'Working local helps to keep down costs like fuel, tolls and car maintenance,' Mr Tanios said.

Mr Conway said he had adopted a similar strategy for his business from Doncon Carpentry, which the 24-year-old started two years ago.   

'At first, I tried not to put prices up, as I really felt for anyone who worked hard to save for an exciting new home improvement project, only to

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