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The Difference Between an Employer’s Agent and a Contract Administrator

26th Mar, 2021

Whilst the roles are similar, there are differences between an Employers Agent (EA) and a Contract Administrator (CA).

First and foremost, an Employers Agent is employed by the Client within a design and build contract, while a Contract Administrator would be employed within a traditional form of contract.

What is a Contract Administrator?

A Contract Administrator manages the contract between a client/employer and a building contractor on projects. Where design responsibility falls with the Client, it is worth noting that this role only exists once the contract is entered into.

This role includes but is not limited to:

  • Preparing contracts
  • Inviting and processing tenders
  • Administrating the terms of the building contract between the parties
  • Administering change control procedures
  • Issuing certificates
  • Chairing progress meetings
  • Agreeing defects and reporting procedures
  • Following up on contractual agreements and payments

In addition to ensuring good administrative practices are followed, the Contract Administrator is required to make impartial decisions.

What is an Employers Agent?

An Employers Agent manages the delivery of a design and build construction project. Unlike that of a Contract Administrator, an ‘Employer’s Agent can be employed before the contract is in place; and in this case, design responsibility falls with the contractor.

The two key focus areas for an ‘Employer’s Agent are:

  1. Managing the delivery of a project, which includes applications, consents, instructions, notices, requests and statements.
  2. To provide professional advice from an unbiased view to the Client regarding the construction and design of the project.

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