Electricians play a vital role in lighting building. Their work may seem simple but in real sense it is highly technical and one that requires high standards of accuracy. Most electricians in Kenya are self-employed and therefore what they earn is entirely dependent on the nature of work, cost of material and place.
Perhaps you are looking for an electrician and you are wondering how much do electricians charge for wiring. This article gives you some insights on all you need to know before hiring an electrician
Kevin Oduor a self-employed electrical and electronics engineer diploma holder tells me he has been in the industry for almost a year now. He says getting started was quite challenging but once he got one client, others slowly by slowly started coming along the way.
His typical clients are new home owners, business people and institution. He says before he went independent he used to work with a friend with whom he got much working experience from. Tagging along a friend who has experience, he says has greatly helped him get on foot.
The now independent and self-employed electrician says his work stands out. Upon completing each wiring job, Kevin says he must make sure there is no leakage. He says he abides by the IEE wiring regulations and upon completing his work he must issue the client of a certified and signed IEE certificate signed by both him and the client.
Kevin says earthing, bonding, protection, and circuit design of electrical wirings have to be done with utmost accuracy
“Wiring and electric installation must be done with a lot of accuracy and required standards. There are over 1000 rules I must follow when carrying out wiring of any kind. Both I and the client must sign the IEE regulation certificate to certify that the person who did the wiring is qualified and that should anything go wrong I will be held accountable” Kevin stated.
Owing to the nature of work and the standards he must uphold, Kevin says his pay and charges as an electrician are pegged on the cost of the material. He says his labour is usually half the price of the cost of the material.
Wire is usually expensive and this makes him take home good amount whenever he has completed a piece of work.
For instance if the cost of material for wiring a premise costs Ksh.80,000, Kevin will charge ksh.40,000 as his pay. Depending on the number of jobs he gets Kevin says he takes home an average of 100,000 per month.
Usually most jobs takes between two to 5 days to be completed.
Owing to the fact that he is still new in the fields, Kevin says finding consistent Jobs is the biggest challenge. He also gets a challenge with clients who drag with getting all the required materials at once forcing him to spend more time on one project longer than expected.
Kevin advises anyone who would wish to work as an electrician to pursue the career as it is fulfilling.