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Here we distribute our labor. At this point your have a total of Raw Labor Hours from the Estimate Worksheets plus any adjustments from the Job Factor page. Typically you will either enter a breakdown by job level or just enter 100% and your base labor rate. You can also lock in a certain number of hours for a job level and that value will not change as you add labor to the bid. As with the other pages, you can save all this information to a "Master Estimate" and each time you start a new job, these values will already be set.

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The Labor Distribution Page as shown here allows you to properly distribute labor for the job. To edit any of the categories either double-click on the category or arrow down to the category and Press the Enter Key, or click on the category and then click the Edit Button.

Labor Distribution Columns

Labor Distribution Category/Description - This is the name or description of the Labor Distribution Category

Percent - Typically you will enter a percentage for a Labor Distribution. As shown above there is 25% allocated for Foreman. As the Total Labor Hours on the job changes (you build the estimate), the hours for the Foreman will stay at 25% of the total. This is the standard mode of estimating with the BHSestimator. In this mode you can build "Templates" of jobs and this type of information on the cover sheets will not need to be modified for each bid.

Hours - These are the hours of labor for each category.

Rate - Dollars per Hour for this skill level

Cost = Hours times Rate

Locked - A Yes or No value. If Locked = Yes, then the Labor Distribution Hours for this category will not change as the Total Labor Hours change. If Locked = No, then the Labor Distribution Hours for this category will fluctuate with the Total Labor Hours by the number in the Percent column. The screenshot above shows a locked 5 hours for the General Foreman.

 Warning! Keep in mind that if you lock a value in, and later inactivate pages, that these locked hours and cost are spread only over the ACTIVE pages in Unit Price Mode.

Labor Distribution Buttons

Add - Adds a new Labor Distribution category to the end of the list.

Delete - Deletes the highlighted Labor Distribution category.

Edit - Modifies the highlighted category. This is the same as double clicking on the category and will produce this screen:

Note that you can edit the Labor Distribution description, and enter an hourly rate, and enter a percentage or you can enter a fixed number of hours and set the value to Locked.

Default - Restores the BHS Default Labor Distribution categories, sets them to zero percent at zero dollars per hour and unlocked.

Zero All - Sets all Labor Distribution categories to zero percent and all rates to $0.00.

Unlock All - Removes the lock on all categories and allows them to float with the estimate at their current percentage.

Lock/Unlock - Toggles the highlighted Labor Distribution category between locked and unlocked.

Labor Distribution Popup Menu

This menu has the same functions as the Labor Distribution buttons and is provided merely as another way to activate those function in case it easier for you. Right clicking on the Labor Distribution Grid activates the popup.

Labor Distribution Page Labels

Total Man-Hours - Total of the hours (including Job Factors) on all active pages of the estimate

Balance - Shows both the percentage and number of hours that are unallocated. As shown above, if you use more than 100% of the available hours, the label shows in red.

Labor Total Cost - Total Man-hours allocated times Average Labor Rate

Locked Categories Warning - Appears as shown above if any of the Labor Distribution Categories are locked


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