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CoreTrade Deployment Requirements

As a condition to be met for the Builders’ Licence under the Building Control (Amendment) Act 2007, licensed Class 1 General Builders are required to deploy a minimum number of CoreTrade personnel in their projects of value S$20 million (inclusive of GST) and more.

The deployment requirements are:

  • Applicable to CoreTrade Foremen and CoreTrade Supervisors. The focus is on building up key construction personnel at the Foreman and Supervisor levels. Construction firms do not need to comply with deployment requirements for Tradesmen.

  • Specified in man-years.“Man-year” is the period worked by a construction foreman or construction supervisor comprising 260 working days or its equivalent. As projects vary in duration and manpower needs, specifying requirements in man-years instead of number of workers allows firms the flexibility of deploying personnel based on the uniqueness of each project.

  • Tied to the total contract value.The contract value generally provides a fair indication of the scale of work to be carried out and the level of manpower required to fulfill it. However, beyond a certain value, 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 based on 4 broad classes of projects

(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.

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.

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.

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

 

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.

How to submit your CoreTrade Deployment Plan

Submit the manpower deployment plan for your project at the Construction Personnel Deployment portal

  • Submit manpower deployment plans within 30 daysfrom the date of the grant of permit to carry out structural works for the project.

  • Details required in the planinclude the number of CoreTrade personnel who will be deployed for his project, the trades they are deployed in and the schedule of their deployment.

  • Main contractors are responsible for submitting the plan. The permit to carry out structural works is issued is issued to main contractors (Class 1 General Builders), who may need to co-ordinate with the sub-contractors on the planned deployment of CoreTrade personnel under the sub-contractors.

  • Changes to the plan must be lodged via the portal.After a manpower programme is lodged, the builder must, before deploying any registered construction personnel to work in connection with the project work, lodge an update containing the name, number and other particulars of the certificate of registration of each of the registered construction personnel. 

    Any other changes to the programme, including changes in the value of the project work, expected date of completion, or particulars or number of registered construction personnel specified in the manpower programme should also be lodged in the system.

  • Ensuring compliance with the plan.The builder is required to keep and maintain an updated copy of the manpower programme at every project site. The daily attendance for all registered construction personnel employed in connection with the manpower programme is to be recorded in the Site Attendance book. After a manpower programme is lodged, the builder can submit a completed Request Form for CoreTrade Site Attendance Book to BCA.

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