87% of contractors are concerned about the robustness of supply chains

Some 87% of contractors report that the greatest issue they face in the next 12 months is robustness of their supply chains, reveals Rider Levett Bucknall’s (RLB) annual procurement trends survey.

The 2024 edition of the survey, “investing in your supply chain”, aims to provide the data, insights and analysis the sector needs to understand what is changing in procurement within the UK construction industry.

RLB surveyed contractors across the supply chain, covering a range of sectors and project types to build an accurate and detailed picture of the current procurement landscape.

The highlights of the survey showed that 54% of contractors have seen an increased use of collaborative working during procurement in the past 12 months. 

In addition, there has been an 8% increase in the use of two-stage tendering, and a 6% reduction in negotiated projects. 

Some 67% of projects use design and build forms of contract, the highest proportion since the start RLB’s surveys five years ago. 

The survey also looked at green procurement practices, the impacts the Building Safety Act is having on procurement, in relation to higher-risk buildings, and the potential impacts of the forthcoming procurement act.

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