Issue Date: 27 May 2018

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Used for many years in the infrastructure sector, frameworks are agreements under which a contractor (or contractors) agrees terms and conditions to deliver work for a client over a defined period of time.

Such agreements have the potential to significantly reduce procurement cost, allowing clients to 'call off' contractors from the framework rather than competing each new opportunity. There are also further potential benefits in terms of the ability to deliver continuous improvement and efficiencies of scale.

However there are concerns that such agreements may have a negative impact on those contractors who are not succesful in finding places on a framework.

In 2011 CECA called for a new deal on frameworks, identifying ways to leverage the benefits they offer, without affecting the long-term sustainability of the industry.

We continue to work with representatives from Government to identify ways to achieve this objective.