Labour Fraud In Construction Warning

HMRC has issued a warning – you need to know about labour fraud in construction and how it impacts you, especially if any of the following is applicable: you work in the construction industry; your business is in construction; you spend more than £3 million on construction in a year; you pay subcontractors for construction […]

Self-Employed Construction Workers Pay Increases

The earnings of self-employed construction workers are at an all-time high, with average weekly pay across all trades rising to £972 in August 2022.  According to the data from Hudson Contract, this was 2% higher compared to July 2022 and a 4.6% increase when compared with the same period in 2021. There were some regional […]

Latest Construction Figures Early Indicator of Recession

Construction output fell by 1.4% in June, which compared with 1.8% growth in May gives a difference month to month of -3.2%.  Before this abrupt drop, there had been 7 months of steady growth in construction output, so these latest figures are alarming. The decrease in the volume of monthly construction output in June came […]

Self-employed Construction Workers’ Earnings Increase

Self employed pay rates within construction have exceeded cost of living increases according to reporting by Construction Enquirer.  Demolition workers, plasterers, plumbers, roofers and scaffolders have seen weekly pay over the year keeping ahead of the UK official inflation rate, which has climbed to 9.1% over the year since May 2021. Self employed trade weekly […]

Modern Slavery Risk Within The Construction Sector

A shocking report reveals the full extent of “Operation Cardinas”, one the UK’s largest modern slavery investigations, and lessons learned.  The investigation found that a criminal group managed to place victims of forced labour into a number of major construction sites and infiltrated at least 33 businesses. Dame Sara Thornton, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner notes […]

Construction Output Through The Roof in 2021

Annual construction output increased by a record 12.7% in 2021 compared with 2020, mainly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic contributing to a very weak 2020.  However, a 12.7% rise after a 14.9% fall (in 2019) is a significant net fall of 4.2% over the two-year period. According to official figures, the 2% monthly rise […]

Construction Sector Conundrum – Why The Worker Shortages?

A new study considers the construction sector conundrum; why are there shortages of workers in a sector that offers so much?  This industry engages many self-employed people, and large numbers of temporary workers so we were keen to find out more.  According to the Institute of Employment Studies (IES), construction offers workers stability and security, […]