Decoration company costs rise labor shortage highl

2022-07-22
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The rising cost of decoration companies and the labor shortage highlight the cost contradiction

after entering the peak decoration season every spring, decoration workers are very popular, and this year is particularly popular. The reporter saw in a newly-built commercial and residential community in Xiamen - Zicheng community that many owners began to decorate their new houses, but the number of decorators was significantly less than before the Spring Festival, and there were many small advertisements for bricklayers and carpenters posted at the gate of the community. A person in charge of a decoration company said that after the Spring Festival, the decoration business is busy, but the decoration workers come back less. Moreover, the salary is also higher than last year, and the decoration cost will certainly increase in the future

the shortage of workers is more prominent than in previous years.

generally speaking, as a new residential area, after getting the new house, the owners begin to decorate it one after another, which will last for a year or two. Before the Spring Festival, many decoration companies have holidays, and decoration workers go home for the Spring Festival. Some community properties stipulate that decoration construction is prohibited during the Spring Festival. After the first month, the decoration interrupted during the holiday gradually returned to normal. At the same time, with the temperature rising, many owners joined the decoration army. However, the arrival of the peak decoration season is not consistent with the return of decoration workers.

according to insiders, generally speaking, decoration workers from other places have gone home on holiday around the 20th of the lunar month before the Spring Festival. After the Spring Festival, after the 15th day of the first month, the decoration workers have basically returned to their posts, and those who resume work have resumed work. Because the home decoration market has obvious seasonality, among which the business is busiest in spring and autumn, and the business is relatively light in summer and winter. However, some decoration workers did not return or returned very late this year, so that the shortage of staff in decoration companies is more prominent than in previous years

according to the reporter, the popular decoration workers are mainly skilled workers, among which the relatively scarce ones include bricklayers, painters, carpenters, etc. Because these types of work are all basic decoration, the construction period is relatively long, the technical requirements for workers are also high, and each decoration needs, so there is a shortage of manpower, and among these types of work, skilled workers are more popular

why is it difficult to find skilled bricklayers and painters? According to insiders, among the several types of decoration work, bricklayer and painter are the hardest and the worst working environment. They are dirty and tired when dealing with cement and paint all day. Paint and cement dust also stimulate their bodies. Therefore, most of these jobs are elderly workers, and fewer and fewer young people are willing to do this job

the labor cost of decoration companies rises

the shortage of manpower will inevitably lead to salary increases. It is reported that the prices of various types of decoration work have generally increased this year. Among them, the price of scraping white has increased the most, from 4-5 yuan/square meter before the year to 10 yuan/square meter at present, and the prices of other types of decoration work have also increased. For example, if skilled bricklayer is paid by area, the average wage of bricklayer is 25 yuan per square meter, and chamfer is calculated separately; If it is calculated by day, the remuneration of bricklayer is about 220-250 yuan per day. In addition, the salary of carpentry ceiling is 30 to 35 yuan per square meter, the cabinet is 100 to 150 yuan per square meter, and the price of installing a faucet is about 30 yuan, which is also significantly higher than that of years ago. According to a person from a decoration company, in the past, hiring a temporary decoration worker paid 150 to 200 yuan a day, but now it's almost 300 yuan. Among the home decoration technicians, many skilled bricklayers' monthly wages have been "over 10000"

with regard to the rise in the wages of decoration workers, many decoration companies said that the rise in prices in the past two years was clearly reflected in raw materials. In the labor market, because this year's labor resources are not as abundant as before, workers' wages are also rising. It is expected that the average increase in public capital of decoration workers this year may be about 5% - 10%, which will increase the cost of decoration companies

Wang, executive vice president of a decoration company, said that the labor cost can account for about 40% of the total quotation, and the wages of workers have been rising in recent years, so the total cost of decoration will also be increased accordingly

however, insiders said that although the price increase is a general trend, there is no fixed or unified schedule, which does not mean that the price increase must be made after the Spring Festival or in the first half of the year, which depends on the different business conditions of various businesses

the "labor shortage" environment affects the industry

in fact, the shortage of decoration workers is also a concentrated manifestation of the increase in market demand. More and more new houses and old house renovation in winter have heated the decoration market. Insiders said that after the relatively low decoration market last year, the decoration market picked up at the beginning of this year, which is also a reason why the supply of decoration workers exceeds the demand

experts believe that changes in labor costs are also determined by market supply and demand, not just in the field of home decoration. At present, the wages of manual workers in all walks of life are increasing, which is the main factor causing the increase of decoration cost. In the current "urban labor shortage" environment, the reason for the lack of skilled labor force is that the support of relevant national policies makes the technicians who used to take farmers as the main force to work in cities no longer urgently seek urban development, but choose to return home to work in agriculture; Another reason is that the knowledge economy has prompted more young people to choose to be "white-collar" rather than "blue collar", resulting in an embarrassing situation in which skilled workers, mainly manual labor, are in short supply

however, enterprises cannot completely pass on the price rise caused by the increase in labor costs to consumers. Market competition does not allow a single enterprise to set prices at will. The acceptance and recognition of consumers is an issue that enterprises must consider. Enterprises need to balance the relationship between their own profits and consumer purchases and make overall pricing. Enterprises should improve their own operating capacity, carry out system reform, reduce management costs and other ways to curb the excessive price growth that the market may bring, and ensure their own benefits. Such as integrating resources, reasonable innovation, improving technology, improving management, etc

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