My underlying question was whether the need to be qualified had
generated a shortage thus leading to a rise in prices. In
London because there's more than enough work you can pay £45
(A$120) per hour for a decent plumber or electrician, whether
formally qualified or not. For the most part they are not
really competing on price: how soon they can do it tends to be
Sorry, a wee bit late, but I believe that's the crux of the difference
between tradespeople down under and tradespeople here in the UK.
Here (In the UK) you can survive quite nicely by being crap & charging a
fortune, because there's enough people & few enough tradespeople that you
don't need return business in order to make a decent living.
However down under where there appear to be more tradespeople per head of
population and you need the return business to survive they tend to be a
little more professional and a little less cowboy. Of course requiring
certification tends to help a wee bit too.
Having said that in NZ IIRC, you can actually perform the wiring (Legally)
on your own residence. I dont recall clearly whethe ryou need it certified
or not, but I believe you do't have to (Although previously you could, and
just needed it checked by an electrician).
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