Research and analysis: Annual qualifying defence contract statistics: 2018/19

Single Source Regulations Office

February 18
09:30 2020

Accompanying data book

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This annual publication includes analysis of all contracts that became a QDC/QSC between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2019, and includes data for Quarter 4 2018/19 within the quarterly series of bulletins. Data is also presented from April 2015, when the first QDC was entered into.

The SSRO was notified of 214 contracts that became QDCs/QSCs by 31 March 2019. Contractors have one month after the date the contract becomes a QDC to submit reports, and as of 30 April 2019 the SSRO had received contract reports for 201 contracts that became QDCs/QSCs between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2019, which the analysis is based on. This comprised 169 QDCs and 32 QSCs, across 98 different contracting companies.

The estimated total contract price of QDCs/QSCs was 3.8 billion in 2018/19, and 26.8 billion overall. The average estimated contract profit rate of QDCs/QSCs decreased from 8.70 per cent for QDCs/QSCs in 2017/18 to 8.51 per cent for QDCs/QSCs in 2018/19.

All data is based on the latest submitted report for each QDC/QSC, to reflect the most recently reported contract data, and may not reflect values at contract completion.

The publication schedule for the next four quarterly bulletins is as follows:

Quarterly bulletin Date Published
Q1 2019/20 15 August 2019
Q2 2019/20 November 2019
Q3 2019/20 February 2020
Q4 2019/20 Annual Statistics June 2020
Published 12 June 2019
Last updated 18 February 2020 +show all updates
  1. Updated a typo on the infographic in relation to the number of SME contractors

  2. Update (15 August 2019): The total number of 2017/18 QDCs/QSCs used for analysis in Table 3 has been corrected, from 52 to 51. Some of the percentages in other columns, and in the Total row, have also changed as a result. As explained in the Profit section of the bulletin, one QDC/QSC is excluded from the profit rate analysis, as it did not provide any profit rate step data. This correction therefore makes Table 3 consistent with all other analysis in this section. This is the only table affected, and its impact is considered minor.

  3. First published.

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