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DIRECT LABOR UTILIZATION RATE Definition
DIRECT LABOR UTILIZATION RATE is total payroll charged directly to job numbers in the period divided by the total payroll (direct and indirect) expended in the period. Since payroll is by far the single largest cost to operate a firm, generally speaking, the higher the direct labor rate, the more efficiently economically managed is the firm.
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SG&A refers to the indirect overhead costs contained within the Sales, General and Administrative expense/cost categories. Generally, SG&A expenses of <30% are exceptional, while SG&A approaching 100% indicates a highly competitive industry. Consistency of SG&A is key.
DUAL DATE is when a major event comes to the auditor's attention between the report date and issuance of the report; the financial statements may include the event as an adjustment or disclosure. The auditor dual dates the audit report (as of the end of workpaper review, except footnote XX, which is dated later).