ARDAK maintains databases consisting of Direct Labor data for locations around the country. These databases are created primarily from candidate interviews, employee interviews, and job postings (online and print). From these databases, we determine a geographically normalized DL range for various job categories.
For each specific engagement, for each individual labor category, ARDAK conducts both candidate interviews and research on job postings in the targeted geographic area. The results of this specific research are compared to our geographically normalized database to insure that the results are within the statistical range for that specific labor category.
For DL rates that fall outside of the statistical range, further analysis is performed to determine the cause of the variance and validate the analysis results. In all instances, ARDAK analysis is “conservative”; meaning that the labor rates reported are achievable, with effort.