Monday, 29 September 2014

National Minimum Wage to Increase 2014

As of October 1st 2014 the National Minimum Wage rates will rise for all workers and apprentices, including a 19p per hour increase for adult workers.

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay rate per hour that workers in the UK are entitled to. This rate depends on the age of the worker and if they are an apprentice.

Friday, 19 September 2014

CSCS Changes FAQ - Part 2

Why has the Construction Site Operative (CSO) card been changed to the Labourer card?

The green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card was introduced for entry level workers and simply required applicants to pass the Health, Safety and Environment test and for their employer to sign their application form to say they were carrying out “labouring duties only”. In reality, however, many site workers who carry out skilled occupations had been applying for the green CSO card as the easiest route to gain access to construction sites. This made it difficult for contractors to use CSCS cards as a reliable method of checking that site workers have the appropriate skills to work on construction sites safely and effectively. So it was important for this situation to be addressed.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

UK Construction Market Update - August

With summer coming to an end the recovery of the construction industry is continuing. The Construction Products Association released their latest State of the Trade Survey for Q2. The survey reports a continuing rise in construction activity with 41% of contractors reporting a rise in private housing output for Q2 compared to a year ago, and 37% of contractors in the commercial sector also enjoying a rise in commercial output in Q2 compared to a year ago. However rising costs are also a concern for the future and could hinder continuing growth.