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Construction industry body reports on payment performance

Tuesday 31st July, 2018

The leading representative organisation for the construction industry Build UK has published information on the payment performance of its contractor members using data submitted under the Duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance.

Build UK’s contractor members are made up of leading UK construction firms such as, Skanska, BAM Construct, Balfour Beatty and Sir Robert McAlpine.

These firms have collectively agreed for Build UK to benchmark them on both the average time they take to pay invoices and the percentage of their invoices paid beyond terms.

The Duty to Report, which requires all large companies to report on their payment practices every six months, has enabled Build UK to present a clear and comprehensive picture of payment within construction for the first time. Not only will this enable the supply chain to make more informed decisions, it demonstrates a real commitment to addressing this long-standing issue and will help to drive good practice.

The Government has welcomed the move with the need for a more sustainable business model and improved payment practices set out within the Sector Deal published earlier this month.

Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden CBE MP said: "Government is leading by example in fair payment practices. All public sector organisations are required to pay undisputed invoices in 30 days and ensure this payment term is passed down the supply chain."

"Build UK is leading the industry by publishing its members’ payment performance. I hope to see more of these initiatives being led by industry to help us drive a positive change in culture and help eliminate poor payment practices."

Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said: “The creation of Build UK offered the industry the opportunity to sit around the same table and work together to tackle the issue of payment, which continues to hold the industry back from realising its true potential. Transparency is essential to changing the industry culture around payment and the Duty to Report has provided a consistent means of comparing performance. This bold first step by Build UK and its members shows that the leaders within the sector are serious about changing the way they do business.”

Information is available on the Build UK website for 24 out of 27 Build UK Contractor members in scope of the Duty to Report. A full set of results will be published in October.