Approved Contractor scores show continued improvement

SIAMembers of the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) are continuing to raise the bar, results published today have shown.

Figures for the past year have shown that there has been an average improvement of 11 points across all approved contractors.

The median for the top 50% of ACS companies has risen from 18 in 2008/9 to 45 in 2011/12 with the top 5% rising from 108 to 116 over the past year. This means the threshold score in order qualify for the 2012/13 Infologue .com ACS Star Performers list is 116 – (2011/12- 108)

Every year all approved contractors, except for those on certain Passport schemes, must assess their performance against 89 individual indicators of achievement. At assessment, an independent assessor verifies these scores.

Andrew Shephard
Andrew Shephard

Andrew Shephard, assistant director of the Approved Contractor Scheme said:

“We now demand more from approved contractors and some examples of how we have raised the bar include:

  • A requirement to record and verify all income streams
  • A requirement to consider more factors when arranging insurance
  • A requirement to ensure all work permits and visa conditions are complied with
  • A requirement to maintain appropriate contact with the police

Approved contractors are able to demonstrate to potential clients of security services that they are meeting the necessary requirements and that standards are increasing.”

Approved Contractor Scores

In order to allow fairer comparisons we have calculated separate figures for micro, small, medium and large companies.

Download the document that contains the 2011-2012 figures separated by organisation size (download size: 212kb).

Improvement in Scores

The figures for April 2011 to 31 March 2012 show that there has been an average improvement of 11 points across all approved contractors over the course of the year.

Approved contractors have now improved their score by an average of at least 11 points for three years running. Overall, the average improvement in score from 2006 to 2011 is 37 points.

Summary of Median Scores

Financial Year

Median Score

2008-2009 18
2009-2010 30
2010-2011 40
2011-2012 45

These results demonstrate that not only are approved contractors meeting the required standard each year, they are also implementing continual improvement within their organisations, with standards being raised as a result.

SIA Website

Infologue .com ACS Star Performers list