Tenders are generally open for 21 days - but do not assume
Suppliers or service providers generally have 21 days to respond to a tender. This is the result of recent analysis from our database of tenders over the past 30 months. We have analysed the number of days between the publication date and the date when tender responses are due. This analysis was done from all the tender notifications distributed to all subscribers to MarketSqr’s Tender Notification Service.
Two thirds of tenders are open for between 11 and 30 days with 54% open for 14 to 28 days. The diagram below demonstrates that.
Out of more than 66 000 tenders the median (most common value) was 21 days meaning that this is the open duration most commonly found but this only represent 6.5% of all tenders published. It does seem representative though since the average open duration was also 21.4 days. Other popular durations are 28 days and 14 days.
There is a long tail of longer open durations stretching up to one year. While less than 1% of tenders are open for longer than 60 days these seem to represent longer lead time Requests for Information or advanced notification of very large tenders to be published.
Short Lead Times
Of concern was the 15% of tenders open for less than 10 days. This would give suppliers very little time to collect documents and respond with meaningful bids. While there are those tenders that are only open for a few days the general trend tends to be that these consist of