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