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

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

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

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

Sarah Beale CITB

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

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...

Industry to carry on through latest national lockdown

Construction to stay open

Construction sites in England are set to stay open and fully operational during the latest lockdown that starts on Thursday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Saturday evening to announce a four?week lockdown in England from this Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. The new restrictions include requiring people to stay at home except for specific purposes, not mixing with...

Contract awards continue upwards trend in September

The total value of construction contract awards in September was 21.2% higher than for August according to new data from Barbour ABI. Expert analysis shows the total value of construction contract awards in September 2020 was £5.4 billion based on a three-month rolling average. This is 21.2% higher than for August and is also 13.8% higher than September 2019. The UK construction...

Major contractors picked for CITB management training fund

CITB apprenticeship

The CITB has picked 38 winning bidders for its Leadership and Management Development Fund. The £2.8m fund was set up to enable large levy registered firms to invest in developing the leadership, management or supervisory skills of their staff. It aims to support over 7,000 workers. The competitive fund attracted numerous creative bids for in-house training programmes with requests to better...

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