Overview Of The SCA Directory Of Occupations

Overview of the SCA Directory of Occupations

  1. Since April 1985, the Wage and Hour Division has published standard occupational titles and definitions in the SCA Directory of Occupations. This is a key resource to be utilized in obtaining and applying SCA wage determinations. The WHD home page (https://beta.sam.gov/search?index=wd) and the WDOL website "Library" have links to the Directory.
  2. For any SCA-covered contract exceeding $2,500 the contracting agency must either obtain a wage determination by using the "e98" process or use the WDOL "Selecting SCA WDs" process for obtaining SCA wage determinations. The e98 process requires the contracting agency to specify the occupational titles of workers to be employed on the contract. Use of the Directory allows the contractor, federal procurement agency, and WHD staff to associate standard job descriptions with these titles.
  3. Each year, wage determinations are applied to approximately 60,000 government service contracts covered under the SCA. Total annual federal government service contracting has been estimated in the billions of dollars. These SCA-covered contracts involve the performance of a wide range of services, including such diverse activities as aerial spraying, barber and beauty shop services, computer services, electronic equipment maintenance, furniture repair, surveying and mapping, trash removal, and warehousing. Employees in a wide spectrum of occupations are needed to perform these services.
  4. A variety of data sources are utilized in the development of SCA prevailing wage determinations, including Bureau of Labor Statistics survey data. The Directory is now in its fifth edition, which was published in 2006.
  5. Since payroll titles and work assignments vary among establishments and geographic areas, such descriptions are useful as standards in classifying workers by occupation so that wage rates representing specific job content can be established. The Directory makes available uniform occupational information providing composites of similar jobs performed in many geographic areas all over the country. The Directory contains occupational titles and descriptions and a classification structure under which the occupations are arranged according to their interrelationships.

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