Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 09:45
Recent training and development survey shows that building contractors are increasing the number of apprenticeships despite the difficult economic climate.
The survey of more than 20,000 employees shows that the number of construction companies employing apprentices has risen over the past three years from 14% to over 20%.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 09:11
The way PAYE information is submitted to HMRC is changing as of April 2013. Real Time Information (RTI) is being introduced.
This means that instead of submitting yearly returns in the format of P14’s & P35’s, each time you run a payroll you’ll submit details about employee pay and deductions to HMRC. PAYE Plus will have all the necessary changes in place ready for you to start running RTI as of April 2013.
In the meantime, we will keep you updated will any relevant information as and when necessary.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 09:28
Construction sites in the UK will be open for guided tours on 9 and 10 November as part of the Open Doors project aimed at showcasing the industry in an engaging and interesting way.
The scheme is the result of a partnership of UK Contractors Group (UKCG), CITB-ConstructionSkills, The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and is aimed to showcase the construction careers and demonstrate the importance of the building industry.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 09:26
The new Permitted Development Rights will make it easier to install conservatories and loft extensions without going through delays and costs of planning bureaucracy, which will benefit local builders as well as householders. In addition to the Construction Industry, retail sector will also benefit as the new extensions will also need the new carpets and furnishings.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 08:37
Second year in a row CLiP IT Solutions has become a finalist in the Construction Computing Awards 2012. Construction Industry Accounts (CIA) software was nominated for Construction Accounting Product of the Year category.
Voting is now underway at Construction Computing Awards web site and finishes on November 8th, with the winners announced on November 22th at the Hotel Russell, London. All the finalists are in the drop down selection of the categories.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 09:55
Construction orders rose by 0.2% in the second quarter of 2012 helped by rise in spending on schools and private housing but this figure is still 40% below peak in 2007. The latest figures were 11% up on the same time a year ago.
Public sector orders increased by 30% in the second quarter reaching the highest volume since the start of last year. Private housing sector was up by 10% recovering to typical levels seen last year.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 10:08
The Markit/CIPS construction sector index fell to 49 points in August from 50.9 during the month before. A figure below 50 indicates the sector is no longer expanding. A poll of City economists by Reuters showed on average analysts were expecting a smaller decline, to about 50.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 09:47
Research by Designing Buildings Wiki says that quarterly growth of around £300 million is needed to halt the UK-wide construction industry decline. The warning was issued after statistics showed private sector construction has shrunk by 15 per cent over the past decade.
With 12,000 jobs lost in the construction sector over the past year and a slump in construction output could lead to a "perfect storm" unless massive increase in private sector projects boosts the building industry.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 11:25
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have updated the leaflet setting out how subcontractors that are limited companies should reclaim any deductions they have had taken from their payments under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).
A copy of the leaflet which is available here will also be sent out to those limited company subcontractors that are contacted by HMRC in connection with their claim for repayment of deductions through the P35 process.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 09:24
The Policy Exchange has called for hundreds of expensive council houses to be sold with profit to be used to build thousands of affordable houses giving boost to the construction industry.
This new initiative would see any council house worth more than the average property in the region sold when it became vacant.