Buying Services

Service procurement requests are initiated by departments, and unlike goods procurement, always require approval from a buyer in Procurement and Contracting Services.

  • The Procurement Services team issues Purchase Orders for the provision of commercially available services.
  • Business and Revenue Contracts issues Purchase Orders for other types of service agreements, including Performance Agreements, Consultant Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, and Equipment Loan Agreements.  

This page describes several areas for which a department requesting the procurement of a service should be aware.

Covered Services

Covered services are those that can be completed by a university employee or organization/department.

UC Davis is committed to bringing in-house all covered services as defined by Article 5 of the University Collective Bargaining Agreement and UC Regents Policy 5402: Regents Policy Generally Prohibiting Contracting for Services. As such, purchasing requests that include covered services will only be allowed sparingly. 

If you believe that you have a need for an outside supplier to perform a service for which this policy applies, contact BEFORE proceeding with the creation of a non-catalog Requisition in Aggie Enterprise. 

Prevailing Wage Projects

The university requires all private construction contractors to follow public works law and pay their workers prevailing wages when working on a project funded by a public entity. Learn more about prevailing wage requirements.

Fair Wage

In July 2015, the University of California announced a new minimum wage plan for UC employees: 

  • Guaranteed that by October 2017 UC employees hired to work at least 20 hours a week be paid at least $15 per hour.

  • The plan also requires that contractors doing business with UC guarantee a $15 minimum hourly wage for their workers.

  • The plan includes several measures to ensure contractors comply with the new minimum wage, as well as all federal, state, and UC workplace law and policies, including a telephone hotline for contract workers to report issues, and annual and periodic audits: (855) WAGES-UC

More information is available on the UCOP website.

Transactions Between $10K and $250K

Purchases of goods and services from $10K to $250K are subject to the UC Small Business First Program, with specific purchasing instructions.