This week’s poll: Should the government mandate a 5% margin for main contractors on public sector work?

Also read: Contractor margins should be set at 5% on public sector jobs, says Scape boss 

Mark Robinson, CEO at Scape Group, has called for mandated margins on public sector work.

He said: “I think that margins should be set across the industry particularly on public sector projects.


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“Why don’t we agree on a 5% margin on every project? Every contractor will know they are going to get a 5% margin, they can invest in the resources and the teams and then they can make sure the projects are delivered on time and on budget.

“It also means they can focus on quality not on trying to claim back money, which they spend thousands of pounds on.”

But is he right? Vote in this week’s online poll and share.

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