Pandemic Magnifies Financial Risk in Construction: What Executives Can Do to Speed up Customer Payments

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Managing payments and the paperwork that goes with them is key to ensuring that construction businesses have the funds they need to grow and build their businesses.

August 23, 2021
Lori J. Drake - Construction Executive

Construction businesses are waiting longer for payment in 2021, according to the newly released 2021 Construction Cash Flow and Payment Report conducted by Levelset.

According to respondents, only 10% of construction businesses get paid in full, which is a 75% drop from 2020, and only 9% get paid on time, which is a drop of 60% over last year.

The report, based on a survey of 764 construction professionals, illustrates that financial risk in the industry flowed down the payment chain. General contractors were four times more likely to get paid in 30 days, and 50% more likely to get paid in full. However, 20% of subcontractors, suppliers and other second-tier companies were kept waiting more than 60 days to collect payment.

Reprinted courtesy of Lori J. Drake, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


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