How much do tradesmen cost in 2022?

How much tradesmen cost in ROI and why labour rates look like they will continue to rise, not just because of the statutory increase introduced in February.  

What do timber, insulation, steel, plastics, and now fuel, all have in common? They are the cause of many headaches in the construction industry. Every builder in the country at present has to contend with the upward spiral of pricing. The reason for material price increases, as outlined in a previous article, include the pandemic, licencing issues, worldwide demand. And now, unfortunately, war.  

       With so much of the focus on material prices increases, the news that the Irish construction industry has landed a labour price increase on the first of February 2022 may come as a surprise. So, what does this mean and how will it impact the self-build community? 


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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