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What are your thoughts about a business using salary surveys to determine direct labor hourly rates as opposed to their experience? Salary surveys can come from three sources: 1. Published salary surveys of government contractors 2. Published salary surveys of industry (e.g. IT) 3. Department of Labor BLS statistics As a small business, we do not have fixed salaries for job classes, but rather negotiate salaries individually for each hire. When we bid on a contract, we don't always know who we'll staff it with, and we may need to make new hires. There's a lot of volatility in our direct labor rates. Thus, we'd like to bid using rates from salary surveys. How do you think COs will react? How should we support this? How would you react as a CO, and what support or justification would you like to see?
I am the owner of a small woman-owned HubZone company... and new to the forum ... We currently have an IDIQ base contract w/reqirements placed via task orders for (2) CPFF tasks and (1) CPFF completion type task. All the tasks are based upon proposed rates by labor category and represented in an hourly dollar amount. My question is what is the proper way to calculate the hours and appropriate cost for a salaried exempt employee who may work more than 40 hours in a week? For example a proposed labor category of Sr Computer Engineer at $40 per hour based upon 40 hrs a week ...if that employee works 60 hrs in a week the gross wages are $1600. Should the task be billed for 60 hour or 40 hours? should the task be charged at the $40 rate or is it the gross wages divided by the # of hours in essence reducing that $40 rate? Also, what if the employees actual is only $1520 ... is the billed amount at the proposed rate of $40 or is it once again the actual grosss wges divided by the number of hours actually worked? Someone please help clarify ... I apologize in advance for what seems like a very simple Contracting 101 type question, but a recent COR change has us now second guessing ourselves and past procedures...
Anyone know where to find fully-burdened labor rates by industry and region? I work in ship repair in San Diego and many times we're forced into sole source acquisitions because of the unique nature of the work (requires tech reps) or because of urgency. Much of the price reasonableness is determined by historical prices or KRs' published price lists; however, neither of these compares prices to others in same or similar industries. I know wdol.gov provides wage rates, but I'm looking for fully-burdened rates. Thanks.