Bung:chevrolux: Health and safety costs money. So yes.
So do a lot of other business costs. Why make "Health & Safety" a separate item? Does the customer have the option of requesting a Careless Friday job?
The actual H&S levy paid to the Government is 8 cents per $100 of payroll.
It brings to mind the electricians charging for the CoC or ESC as if they had the option of walking off the job without testing.
The H&S levy is the ACC levy, what about all the demands worksafe place on employers, there is no actual levy but there is quite a large compliance factor. Hazard ID's safety inspections of equipment etc. all of which has to be paid for somehow.
The "Tradie" is just making sure that these charges are noted as Govt compliance costs.
As far as an CoC or ESE charge, these are legal documents required by law, lawyers charge for legally required documents, why shouldn't anyone else who is required to generate a legal document make a charge for it?
At the end of the day separating out these charges highlights how much of the hourly rate is eaten up by govt compliance
So do you think they are trying to make a point by seperating it out and highlighting it? I would have thought if they were doing that, it would need to be the actual amount. There are lots of other compliance costs that businesses have to pay and pass onto the customer. But that is usually built into the hourly rate or fees. The hourly rate usually covers overheads as part of running the business. Imagine if a retail shop started charging all these fees as addons to the product price.
Don't think comparing H&S risks between a retail shop and a tradie is fair, every single job the tradie goes to would have a different set of risks requiring that those risks are evaluated each time, a retail shop would remain the same about 98% of the time so it's much easier to include this as a cost of the product price.
And yes they are trying to make a point about compliance costs, when it's highlighted it tells the customer that the hourly rate seems reasonable, but the compliance costs are an unavoidable add on, rather than a big huge hourly rate that seems too high with no justification.