REVOLUTIONARIES: Tony Harvie (left) and David Simpson at Summit Home’s Myaree facility. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Modular builds fill brickies gap

Perth-based homebuilder Summit Homes is seeking to head off a looming shortage of bricklayers by ramping up its capacity to deliver homes using steel-framed and modular building techniques.


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Pay them what they are worth. At least $1.50 per standard brick and 3.00 for maxy's and florentines. The reason there is a shortage is because the project home companies wont pay bricklayers for the work they do. And try employing trade qualified bricklayers instead of the majority cowboy's and trowel hands you've got now. The standard of brickwork in western Australia is extremely below par.

$2 per brick to lay, Another negative fallout from the mining boom where trades people could abandon their trade and get ridiculous money working up north. We built our home 12 years ago and the rate then was more like 35c. inflation over the same period was less than 35% yet brick layers pay has gone up 600%. This is the sort of rises that force industries to innovate, no doubt resulting in a massive reduction in the need for bricklayers in the future

Sorry to say but the Residential Building Industry is its own worst enemy. Pay the correct rates and the good trade brickies will come back. Instead they cut the costs and then only trowel hands will work. The rates need to be standard through out and set to keep with inflation. Standard brick $1.35 min. Modular face Block $1.85 - $2.00 min. Internal maxi $1.40 min this will help get trade brickies back and the youngsters interested in an apprenticeship and in 5 t0 10 years time the industry will not be short of trade brickies.

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