Standard pre-qualification forms will save individual contractors up to £40,000 a year, according to the head of the Electrical Contractors Association.
ECA chief executive Steve Bratt hailed the government’s recommendations to include contractors earlier in public sector construction contracts as a positive step that needed to be implemented immediately.
Following the publication of the government’s Construction Strategy, Mr Bratt said public sector clients should commit to the report’s recommendations as soon as possible to save money, while promoting a steady supply of work for local construction firms.
He said: “It is vital that specialist contractors in the supply chain are involved at the early stage of projects to ensure designs are practical, efficient and economical, and we are pleased to see that the Construction Strategy has finally set this out as best practice.
“We estimate that the adoption of a standard prequalification form, the PAS 91, will cut the cost of bidding for work and save firms from losing up to £40,000 a year on filling out multiple near-identical questionnaires for each project. In turn, these savings could be passed on to clients. The ECA would like to see the adoption of PAS 91 across the public sector as widely possible.
Mr Bratt said that action now needed to be taken to ensure clients worked with subcontractors to cut costs and improve workstreams.
He added: “The government needs to truly deliver on its promise to reform its relationship with suppliers, which it claims will encourage fair payment across the supply chain.
“Payment issues pose a major challenge to the construction industry and we need action, not words.”