SOURCE: Laborfair

November 13, 2007 10:06 ET

Laborfair Unveils San Francisco Bay Area Wage Report

Real Time Report Demonstrates Significant Savings Available to Bay Area Residents; Cost of Handymen Greater on the Peninsula Than in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2007) - Laborfair (www.Laborfair.com), the smart, easy and right way to find quality help, today unveiled the San Francisco Bay Area Wage Report. This real time report documents average fees charged by individuals using Laborfair to find work opportunities across a number of different occupations, from housekeeping to creative services. The report illustrates the significant savings Bay Area residents can realize by connecting directly with service providers.

"These numbers clearly show that savvy consumers can save money by contracting directly with a qualified and experienced service provider," said Laborfair founder Jenna Raby. "At the same time, the report gives us a unique window into what people in business for themselves are earning as a living wage instead of what they would earn as a minimum wage at a larger company or agency."

Laborfair directly connects service providers and people in search of personal help in a way that's fair, easy, and financially rewarding for everyone involved. The company's online labor marketplace is simple to use, completely transparent, and features peer reviews. Individuals in need of help can search provider profiles that are grouped according to geographic location or type of work performed. The service is free for consumers.

The Laborfair Wage Report documents average wages earned by occupation and by location in the Bay Area. Average fees for some of the most popular categories include:

--  Child Care:  $19.24/hour
--  Housekeeper: $17.83/hour
--  Handyman:    $25.75/hour
--  Adult Care:  $17.00/hour
--  Gardener:    $17.37/hour
--  Painter:     $22.29/hour
    

The report also highlights some interesting variances around the Bay Area in the costs of services by region. For example, the average fee charged by a handyman on the Peninsula is $33.68 while San Francisco is much less at $22.15.

Other key findings from the Wage Report include:

--  The five occupations with the highest average hourly fees in the Bay
    Area are creative services, event services, personal lessons, therapeutic
    services, and automotive
    
--  Personal lessons is the highest Bay Area fee category with an average
    fee of $74.41 per hour
    
--  Adult care was the lowest Bay Area fee category with an average fee of
    $17.00 per hour
    
--  Personal lessons highlighted the greatest wage disparity in the Bay
    Area with an average high of $101.67 per hour in the North Bay and an
    average low of $47.50 per hour on the Peninsula
    
--  Housekeepers demonstrated the least wage disparity in the Bay Area
    with an average high of $18.88 per hour on the Peninsula and an average low
    of $16.72 in the East Bay
    
--  Belly dancing lessons are one of highest hourly fees at $200 per hour
    while Spanish lessons during a Caltrain commute cost $20 per hour
    

A real time version of the report can be found at http://blog.laborfair.com/whats-fair/. For more information about Laborfair or local service providers, please visit www.Laborfair.com.

About Laborfair

Laborfair is the smart, easy and right way to find quality help ranging from a handyman to a personal chef. The company was founded in 2006 in San Francisco to connect service providers and people in search of personal help in a way that's fair, easy and financially rewarding for everyone involved. Laborfair allows people to post reviews, recommendations and feedback on service providers and the work they've performed so that individuals can find the perfect match to suit all of their service needs. For more information on the company or to find a service provider, please visit www.Laborfair.com.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Michael Azzano
    Cosmo PR for Laborfair
    (415) 596-1978
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