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Job and Batch Costing

Job costing method is mainly applied when the goods are produced, or services are rendered as per customer’s order. On the other hand, batch costing is a type of job costing, in which goods are produced in a lot of similar units, called as batches.

Whether we talk about business or industry, costing system is required everywhere to fix the price of products, to ascertain cost associated with the product and so on. However, a single costing system is not capable enough to fulfill requirements of various industries. Hence, different costing systems are designed, that businesses can use as per the nature of products, operations, and other parameters.

Basically, costing methods are classified into specific order costing and operation costing. Specific order costing is one where the production comprises of separate jobs, batches or contracts. So, it covers three costing methods, i.e. job costing, batch costing and contract costing. This article excerpt presents you all the important differences between job costing and batch costing, have a glance.

Meaning Job costing refers to a specific costing method, used when the production/work is carried out according to the requirements of customers. Batch costing, is a form of job costing, that is applied when the articles are produced in batches, i.e. a group of like units are produced.
Production As per customer specification Mass production
Product Product have an independent identity, as each job is distinct from other jobs. Products do not lose their individual identity, as they are manufactured in continuum.
Cost unit Executed Job Batch
Cost ascertainment On the completion of each job. Ascertained for the whole batch and then per unit cost is determined.

Job costing is described as a costing method, wherein customized production of goods or services are rendered. The method of costing is used when jobs are performed for different customers as per their orders. Under this system, each cost unit is treated as a separate entity, for costing purposes. Each job differs from another job in respect of:

  • Material used
  • Labors required
  • Special customer needs

In this system, on the receipt of an inquiry from the client, the cost to be incurred is ascertained and based on the estimate, the price is quoted. The cost of material, labor and overhead incurred during the job is accumulated, and when the job is accomplished, these are compared with the quoted price, so as to determine the profit or loss of each job. It may extend to multiple accounting periods, and so they are not associated with particular periods.

Batch Costing may be understood as a variant of job costing. In this system, a group of identical units, comprising of a batch is used as a cost unit, to estimate cost. To ascertain the cost per unit, the total cost of the batch is divided by the number of units produced in a batch, as represented below:

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For each batch, a cost sheet is prepared and maintained, by allotting a batch number. There is batch wise preparation of material requisition note, engagement of labor and recovery of overheads.

This costing method is employed by firms to manufacture a large number of similar items or components, as they pass through the same process and so it is beneficial to ascertain their cost of production collectively.


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