CSCS Cards-A True Measure Of Competency?




Posted by The Painters’ QS in Blog for Painting Contractors

Before I start, can I say that in principle, the idea of the CSCS system is a good one.  However, it has a major problem.

Yesterday, I met a couple of painters fortunate to be working on a site where the Principal Contractor does not require CSCS cards.  Each had 15-20yrs. experience but NO CSCS card. 

I looked at their work.  It was a good, commercial painting standard, but with no CSCS card, they are restricted to only being able to work on certain

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What is the Daily Painter Charge?

The daily painter charge on which your project 'all-in'painting rates will be based will vary from project to project and is the amount you need to charge per painter, per day to cover the following:

1. Prime Labour Cost (How much you are paying your employees or 'subbies' per day.
2. For direct employees only, an allowance for holiday pay, empl

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This article is for Commercial Painting Contractors (NOT domestic painters) who price their projects to bills of quantities or their own measures against 'all-in' painting rates (£/m2, £/Lm or £/nr.) and understand that tenders have to be 'tight' and margins low in order to secure a project.

When calculating painting rates to use when pricing a bill of quantities or your own measure, your ra

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As you all know our Quick Paint Rate painting rates calculator software has been developed from our years measuring and pricing commercial painting projects for painters all over the UK.

When calculating painting rates, one of the key factors is the overall daily painter charge or 'day rate' on which you base your rates.

The overall daily painter charge is the amount you need to charge per painter, per day, to cover the amount you pay the painter (prime labo

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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

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