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Deployment of CoreTrade Personnel - Deployment Requirements

Deployment of "man-year"

“Man-year” can be defined as a period worked by a construction foreman or construction supervisor comprising 260 working days or its equivalent.


Deployment requirements in man-years instead of the number of CoreTrade workers

This is to allow flexibility in the deployment of CoreTrade personnel. Different projects vary in duration, manpower needs and project management. Specifying the requirements in man-years, as defined above, will allow project managers to deploy CoreTrade personnel based on the uniqueness of each project.

For example, if a CoreTrade personnel is deployed on a project site for 2 years, the number of man-years that is counted towards meeting the requirements is 2 man-years. This is equivalent to 2 CoreTrade personnel working on another project site for 1 year, or 4 personnel for half-year duration. Although this is a simplified example, it highlights how the concept of “man-years” allows for the various combinations of manpower deployment.


Rationale behind deployment requirements

The minimum number of man-years required increases with the total contract value. This is because the overall contract value generally provides a fair indication of the scale of works to be carried out, and hence the level of manpower requirements to be imposed. The greater the scale of project, the higher the manpower deployment requirements.

However, beyond a certain value, which is $100 million in this case, BCA noted that manpower requirements do not necessarily continue to increase linearly with contract value. Hence, for projects exceeding $100 million, the manpower deployment requirements are halved for the value in excess of $100 million.


Deployment requirements

There are 4 broad classes of projects. They are new building works, addition and alteration works, civil engineering works (general) and civil engineering works (MRT station).

With the new minimum R1 proportion requirement at the firm-level to be implemented in 2017, BCA will phase out the project-level CoreTrade deployment requirement for Tradesmen, and focus on building up key construction personnel at the Foremen and Supervisory levels with effect from 01 January 2015. Once implemented, all new and on-going CoreTrade projects will not be required to comply with the deployment requirements for the category of Tradesmen. Construction firms will still need to comply with the deployment requirements of Trade Foremen and Supervisors.

(1) New Building Works, (2) Addition and Alteration Works, and (3) Civil Engineering Works (MRT Station)

New Building Works, Addition and Alteration Works and Civil Engineering Works at MRT stations, will generally require construction foremen and construction supervisors in structural, architectural and mechanical & electrical trades.

The table below shows the deployment requirements for (1) New Building Works, (2) Addition and Alteration Works and (3) Civil Engineering Works (MRT Station)

Table A: Deployment requirements for (1) New Building Works, (2) Addition and Alteration Works and (3) Civil Engineering Works (MRT Station)

CLASS OF CORETRADE PERSONNEL TRADES TOTAL CONTRACT VALUE
(inclusive of GST)
REMARKS
First $100m Excess of $100m
SUPERVISORS
  1. Structural Works
0.25 MY per $10m, or part thereof 0.25 MY per $20m, or part thereof  
AND
  1. Architectural Works
  2. Mechanical & Electrical Works
0.25 MY per $10m, or part thereof 0.25 MY per $20m, or part thereof Combination of man-years between these 2 trades is allowed.
(Deployment of CoreTrade Supervisors is applicable to projects whose permits to carry out structural works are submitted to BCA from 1 April 2013 onwards.)
FOREMEN Structural trades:
  1. RC Works
  2. Structural Steel Works
1.0 MY per $10m, or part thereof 1.0 MY per $20m, or part thereof Combination of man-years between these 2 trades is allowed.
AND
Architectural trades:
  1. Cladding and Curtain Wall Installation
  2. Doors & Windows Installation
  3. Drywall Installation
  4.  Glazing Works
  5.  Joinery Works
  6.  Suspended Ceiling Installation
  7. Tiling, Stone Laying and Floor Finishing Works
  8. Waterproofing Works

Mechanical & Electrical trades:

  1. Air-Conditioning Ducting Installation
  2.  Electrical Works
  3. Fire Protection Works
  4. Gas Pipefitting Works
  5. Lift Installation
  6. Plumbing & Piping Works
1.0 MY per $10m, or part thereof 1.0 MY per $20m, or part thereof Combination of man-years between these 14 trades is allowed.

(4) Civil Engineering Works (General)

In Civil Engineering Works (General), workers are predominantly engaged in structural trades. Hence, deployment requirements for this class of projects only involve construction supervisors and construction foremen in structural trades.

Table B: Deployment requirements for (4) Civil Engineering Works (General)

CLASS OF CORETRADE PERSONNEL TRADES TOTAL CONTRACT VALUE
(inclusive of GST)
REMARKS
First $100m Excess of $100m
SUPERVISORS
  1. Structural Works
0.25 MY per $10m, or part thereof 0.25 MY per $20m, or part thereof  
(Deployment of CoreTrade Supervisors is applicable to projects whose permits to carry out structural works are submitted to BCA from 1 April 2013 onwards.)
FOREMEN Structural trades:
  1. RC Works
  2. Structural Steel Works
0.75 MY per $10m, or part thereof 0.75 MY per $20m, or part thereof Combination of man-years between these 2 trades is allowed.