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RETENTION AND THE SUB-CONTRACTOR: WHY DO PRINCIPAL CONTRACTORS MAKE IT SO HARD?

As we all know, retention is the proportion of money that the Client/Principal Contractor holds back as a 'lever' to persuade the sub-contractor to correct any defects that might become apparent after the contract has been signed.

A typical retention figure is 5% of the certified contract value.   Half of this is released upon 'practical completion' of the project and the other half, after the defects libility period, providing the sub-contractor has corrected  defe

15th NOV 2017

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CONTRACT PROGRAMME BEHIND AND A BULLYING SITE MANAGER

The other day I was chatting to a painting contractor client of ours  

He was telling me about a large painting project he is currently working on.  As usual the build is seriously behind on programme and despite the weekly programme meetings and programme revisions, the completion date is fast approaching with many areas still not ready for decoration.

Despite this, the site manager and contracts manager is demanding that they put more and more painters

30th OCT 2017

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WHAT IS THE CITB LEVY AND WHO HAS TO PAY?

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) levy is a legal requirement for the whole of the Construction Industry.

The CITB levy has to be paid by all sub-contractors and Principal Contractors whose annual wage bill (PAYE + CIS) exceeds £80K

If your wage bill does NOT exceed £80K then you DO NOT have to register with CITB.

All Contractors and Sub-Contractors whose overall annual wage bill exceeds £80k are required to register with the CITB.
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4th OCT 2017

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