EU Thresholds Rise for 2018/19

The European Commission has updated thresholds above which public procurement rules apply for the next two years. The new thresholds for contracts governed by the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015, the Concessions Contracts (Scotland) Regulation 2016, the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016 and the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011, came into force on 1 January 2018, and will be in place until the end of 2019.

The revised threshold for supply and service contracts for schedule one bodies (Central Government) is £118,133 (up from £106,047). For the same contracts awarded by other bodies (e.g. Local Authorities) it is £181,302 (up from £164,176). Contracts for social and other specific services, the threshold has risen to £615,278 (up from £589,148). The works contract threshold is now £4,551,413 (up from £4,104,394)

Public bodies must observe these revised thresholds in relation to all procurements which commence on or after 1 January 2018. Please note that the thresholds set out in the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 have not changed, in that procurements for goods and services, with an estimated value equal to or greater than £50,000 , and works contracts with an estimated value equal to or greater than £2,000,000 must be advertised on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS)

Read the full details of the EU Threshold 2018/19 figures.

The Supplier Development Programme provides a range of free training courses and webinars to Scottish SMEs or Third Sector/ Supported Businesses on all aspects of public sector tendering. Check our events diary to book your session now or visit  for help on how to tender.

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