Saturday, December 24, 2011
Rich pickings for building industry
"Contractors carrying out property inspections of quake-damaged Christchurch homes are being paid about $4000 a week.
"The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has employed 414 contractors to carry out the assessments on its behalf, Radio New Zealand reported.
"Builders and contractors had inspected almost 20,000 damaged homes in Christchurch, EQC said.
"Contractors are paid $75 an hour, while the builders, who inspect the damage, receive $60 an hour, the broadcaster said.
"Contractors who are not from Christchurch are put up in EQC-selected hotels and given a daily allowance of $70.
"If they choose to arrange their own accommodation they receive $130 a day to cover expenses."
The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of June 9, 2011.