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New NSCA Labor Installation Standard Report Available

Feb 6, 2013 12:50 PM

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Labor variables have become the biggest challenge to accurately provide labor estimates on common projects associated with the commercial electronics systems industry. The 2013 edition of the NSCA Labor Installation Standard report provides integrators the tools to determine the true cost of installing equipment across 18 of the most common technology segments. New to this edition are the categories of digital signage, video, and video teleconferencing.

Several risk factors are involved when providing your customers with project bids, and this data, compiled by surveying NSCA members, provides a benchmark of your estimates compared to an industry wide analysis. Additionally, it allows you to review your own productivity and efficiency in labor installations, helping you to improve your own job costing reports. Furthermore, you can now provide your customers a more detailed bill that spells out the specific labor units based on an industry wide analysis.

“We hear from our members on a daily basis, ‘I’m getting outbid; what am I doing wrong?’” said Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director. “Beyond prevailing wage, new technologies and job sites that are constantly changing, labor estimates are one of the most common issues, and this report is the perfect tool for integrators to benchmark their own data compared to the entire industry to increase their efficiency, evaluate employee performance, estimate project costs, and communicate costs to customers.”

The data is broken down into several categories including work and operations by labor units, which revolve around material handling, drawings and layouts, equipment installation and supervision. The labor units are also evaluated by the degree of difficulty and should be adjusted by factors such as productivity/experience, non-productive labor issues and job factors (security clearance, safety training, etc.). Each technology segment includes specific notes on circumstances affecting the labor rate.

The 2013 Labor Installation Standard Report is available to download in PDF format to all corporate NSCA members at The report is available to individual members for $199 and to non-members for $299. Additional fees will be added for those wishing to have a printed copy.

For more information, to download or purchase the report please visit or contact Nick Hlas, NSCA membership manager, at 800.446.6722.

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