English: Consultants in the built environment of South Africa are facing financial risks
due to clients’ expectations of completing certain portions of work at risk.
Thus, consultants would complete projects at risk in return for the possibility
of remuneration in the long run. A descriptive survey was conducted among
various professional consultants working within the built environment in South
Africa. The findings include that a large percentage of work was expected
to be completed at risk. Once work was completed at risk, a relatively small
percentage continued to a stage where the actual consultant received
remuneration. As a result of the current global economic climate, the amount
of work required to be completed at risk increased and the percentage of
work continuing to a stage of remuneration has also decreased. A greater
percentage of clients therefore expected more work to be done at risk than
the actual amount of work for which consultants are remunerated.