Industry calls on government to scrap reverse charge VAT

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The largest industry organisations and trade bodies including the NASC and the Scaffolding Association have supported a letter calling on the government to withdraw reverse charge VAT in construction. The new planned tax changes will see subcontractors no longer charging VAT, instead the customer receiving construction services has to pay the VAT directly to the HMRC. In the letter to chancellor...

Business Secretary writes open letter to construction

Business Secretary writes open letter to construction

The new Business Secretary has written an open letter to all within the UK's construction sector praising workers, and stating 'It is vital that construction continues through these unsettling times.' In his first move as Business Secretary, The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP has written an open letter to everyone working in the UK's construction sector. He confirmed it was...

Union launches alternative Covid-19 site guidance

Unite the union launches alternative site Covid guidance

Unite, the UK’s construction union, has launched an alternative comprehensive construction guide to help ensure the safety of construction workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. The union who were unhappy with the current official Site Operating Procedures (SOP) published by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has launched its own detailed guide. The 30-paged document is far more comprehensive and stringent than the...

Subbies wages return to pre-Covid levels

Self-employed pay back to pre-Covid levels

Wages for self-employed construction workers have recovered to pre-Covid levels, according to the industry’s biggest payer of subcontractors. Hudson Contract has said that average weekly pay rose month-on-month by 1.2% during November to £901, the highest level since February. The best-performing regions for earnings growth were the northeast (up 8.4%), London (up 6.8%) and the southwest (up 5.3%), according to its...

Recruitment drive re-launched for new construction assessors

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A project to recruit and train 100 quality assessors for the construction industry in Scotland – which was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic – has been re-launched. The two-year project, driven by CITB and ESP, in partnership with 24 Scottish colleges, government agencies and private training providers, was originally unveiled back in early March this year. The re-launch...

Lighthouse charity unveils £25K Christmas cracker

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With Christmas events canceled across the country, the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has just the thing to lift the spirits of your employees, suppliers and sub-contractors. Many companies already opt for an e-card or ‘charity cards’ but this one comes with the opportunity to win a share of a £25,000 prize pot!  With many people working from home there seems...

Government says thank you to all construction workers

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Business secretary Alok Sharma has said thank you to everyone working in the construction sector. The thank-you comes in an open letter addressed to everyone working in construction as he expressed his gratitude for the work being done during the Covid pandemic. He said: "During this difficult Autumn, I want to pay tribute to you and express my admiration for all...

Average weekly wages rise in east of England

Self-employed pay back to pre-Covid levels

Weekly wages across construction in England has increased by an average of 1.7% in October, and demand for workers continues to rise according to the biggest industry payroll company. Hudson Contract has reported it made 146,700 payments to tradespeople on its books in October which is an increase of 6.6% on September. Across England, average wages have increased month-on-month by 1.7%...

CITB Boss hands in resignation

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Sarah Beale, Chief Executive of CITB, has handed in her resignation which will come into effect from September 2021. She has served as CEO since January 2017, having previously held a range of senior leadership positions at the organisation over the past 16 years. Sarah, CITB’s first female CEO, led the training body through a major, transformation programme, Vision 2020. It...

CITB calls for crackdown on fraud in construction

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Organised crime is cashing in on pent-up demand for construction testing, and the CITB needs your help to stop it. Criminals in London, the Midlands and in the North West are charging candidates more than £1,000 for assisted one-day Site Safety Plus (SSP) courses and the CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test - the true cost of the HS&E...

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