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Kjb Electrical

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Hi all, I was wondering how much hourly rate I should be charging? I recently quoted a job only to be questioned if I was an electrician due to being too cheap.
I’m thinking of upping my rates but want to keep at an honest and fair price.


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Yeah you're too cheap. Are you even a proper electrician ? lol

Seriously though, everyone's hourly rate will be different and you need to work out yours by working out your overheads per annum, the amount of realistic working days/hours per annum, and the amount you wish to earn per day/hour.

The overheads incurred by a man in a van for instance will not be comparable to that of a small to medium sized firm with offices and non revenue producing staff.

You also need to take into account local rates and local cost of living.

I reckon you could stick a good chunk on that and not lose much business at all.


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How much do you think your annual overheads are?

Kjb Electrical

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Cheers! I’m doing mostly domestic work at the moment and I’ve just started to receive work from a local housing association. At the moment my overheads are roughly 5K..


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Cheers! I’m doing mostly domestic work at the moment and I’ve just started to receive work from a local housing association. At the moment my overheads are roughly 5K..
So let’s say it’s £6k excluding replacing a vehicle

At best you will probably work 40 weeks per year ....

So 40 x 40 x 2o minus 6000 = 26k

Way too low to make self employment a sensible employment course ...

Paignton pete

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Hi kjb,
Wow! Honestly I'm gobsmacked at £20 per hour. Really pleased your asking on hear what you should be charging.

Obviously it's up to you, but I don't know how you will make profit.

My charges are

Out of hours call out £65 per hour
Emergency day time call out £65 per hour
Normal hourly rate £45 per hour
Day rate. £225

Hope that helps

P.S. I am putting my rates up next month as I know other spark in the area are charging much more and I know I am much better than them.


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It depends how much work you are getting, how busy you want to be and what your overheads are, my kids charge me £10 for cleaning my car! Anything less than £30 an hour is too cheap unless its mates rates.


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That's it - next new client my prices go up! No wonder people jump at my experience - and I thought they were after my wit and repartee!

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