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Jim2® Business Engine Help File

Actual labour, or user's time, can be added to any Jim2 object displaying the Labour tab in the footer at any time. In this instance, we will show how to add actual labour to a job. The amount of time added to the job Labour grid does not necessarily on-charge to the customer, however it can be used to track processes. For example, a new service is introduced by your company. All users who make any contribution to that service should log their actual time needed to complete each process, along with any stock being used. You will be better placed to cost out the new service and devise a realistic billable charge to the customer.



Actual labour can be used to produce accurate productivity figures, showing individual improvement or overall process improvement. If productivity is a key business indicator for your company, users should be encouraged to use the Actual Labour grid.


You should only add appropriate actual labour to the Labour grid of the job, and this will keep a running tally on all inputs (shown in the total field in the Labour tab). That total will guide you as to how much billable labour (stock) should be added to the stock grid of the job, as this will be invoiced to the customer at their price level.



It is important to realise the difference between actual and billable labour on any job. Billable labour is actually a type of stock that can be added (in defined measures) to the stock grid of the job, and be invoiced to the customer at their price level.


Measures of actual labour (time) spent on a job by users is recorded and can be accessed via the Labour tab on the job form. A running tally of all labour added in the Labour tab is kept in the Labour Total field in the Labour tab.


labour total


1.With the Job in edit mode, select the Labour grid by either:

Pressing the F7 function key, or

Click the Labour tab at the bottom of the job form.

F7 labour

The screen will appear with the following fields already updated:

Start Date

Which is the system date and time.

End Date

Which is the system date and time.

Performed By

The user's initials from their card file.


The user's default Job Type from their card file.

However, you may override this default information simply by using the Tab key or mouse to move the cursor to that field, highlight and re-select.

You can also click and drag the blue area in the grid to add your time:

labour slider


2.Enter the actual labour hours and minutes in the Hours field. Enter a colon (:) or use the space bar if you want to enter in minutes, then click OK. Or, specify a start and end date/time, then add a comment related to the time spent.


The following features appear if you right click in some of the fields in the Labour grid while in edit mode.


Add New

Will add a new line.


Will delete the line including the stock that has been added to the job.


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