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Construction glossary

What is Job Costing?

Job Costing, in the context of the construction industry, is a specific accounting methodology used to track costs and profitability associated with individual projects. It hinges on a project-by-project approach, meaning every construction project is treated as its own separate financial entity with its associated expenditures and revenues. This process might involve itemizing labor rates, material expenses, subcontracting work, equipment usage, direct and indirect costs, etc - all attributable to a particular job. Through this project-centric focus, construction firms can assess the financial success of each job, understand where costs are exceeding estimates or budgets, thereby facilitating better bidding, budgeting, and overall project management in future projects. It's a critical tool for aligning project performance with business profitability goals.