CIJC Promulgation Notice

CIJC Promulgation Notice

The Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) has issued a a revised Promulgation Notice to reflect the increases in the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage which will come into effect on 1 April. The General Operative rate is the only one directly impacted by the changes and has increased to £10.42 per hour.

Opening the doors to construction

Opening the doors to construction

Open Doors 2023 gets underway next Monday 13 March and will provide an opportunity for people to take a look behind the hoardings of more than 230 sites across Great Britain during the week! From HS2’s Old Oak Common Station in London to Perth City Hall being refurbished by BAM in Scotland and Willmott Dixon’s BIM Cave ‐ VR Room to CITB’s National Construction Colleges, we know that seeing construction in action can directly lead to a new entrant joining our industry.

Kier, an Open Doors Industry Partner, has highlighted in Building the importance of actually showing young people how construction is “shaping the way we live, travel, work and learn for the better”, so please get out and about to support your sites next week and “give people the confidence to dream big and pursue a career right here in construction”!

You can support Open Doors on social media using the hashtag #OpenDoors23

Project Happiness: Benchmarking Culture in Construction

Project Happiness: Benchmarking Culture in Construction

The Condor Collective are partnering with The FIS on Project Happiness; to better understand the metrics around topics such as mental health, retention, apprenticeships, collaboration, communication and general happiness of the people and businesses that make up the fitout sector.

The Outlook: Construction and the fit-out sector
Construction contributes £117 billion to the UK economy (6%) with 2.4 million jobs in the sector, 7% of the UK total. You are an important bunch!

According to the latest Construction Skills Network (CSN) report an extra 225,000 construction workers may be needed by 2027 to keep up with projections. This means the Greater London construction industry would have to increase current recruitment by 3,450 new workers each year to deliver expected projects, in addition to retaining its current workforce.

For the industry to meet increasing demand, it is imperative that construction leaders have useful and relevant data to inform their decisions around engagement, attraction and retention. Culture and employee engagement are crucial metrics for any construction company in the current climate.

For business leaders to be fully informed, they need access to up-to-date, sector specific benchmarking data relevant to size and location of their business. With this information leaders and employees can more accurately compare, and learn about the successes and challenges most applicable to them.


How will Project Happiness help business leaders?
The benchmark data gathered in this process will inform business leaders of engagement within the fitout sector, allowing leaders to make informed decisions on engagement and impact retention for their own teams.

All FIS members who participate & qualify* will receive their own set of results against the benchmark data.

Sample questions:

“I still see myself working at my company in two years’ time” – The data we gather around questions like this will deliver insights on an individual business’ retention, as well as loyalty & overall engagement levels in the fitout sector.

“My manager coaches me and supports my professional development.” – The data we gather around questions like this will deliver insights on career progression & development and engagement derived from purpose & mastery in the fitout sector.

“Decisions are communicated clearly and openly by the leadership team.” – The data we gather around questions like this will deliver insights on company cultures in the fitout sector and to what degree are businesses adopting modern leadership practises.

“I would feel comfortable discussing my mental health with someone at my company.” – The data we gather around questions like this will deliver insights on how individual businesses are investing in support and allow us to benchmark how well the sector is ensuring mental health support & training is a priority.

Employees, why participate?

We want to hear from as many employees working in the fitout sector as possible on topics such as engagement, leadership, learning & development, collaboration & communication in fitout companies and across the sector.

This mass data capture will provide a snapshot of how the sector approaches employee engagement, and from the insights we will be able to look at what can be improved not only to retain employees at business level, but also attract new people into fitout.

This is an opportunity for all employees to have a voice and a platform to report on how they feel their employer is performing and how they feel about the industry as a whole. The more people who participate, the clearer the picture we gain insights in to.

All employees who complete the survey before the 1/7/2023 will be entered into a draw to win a £250 gift vouchers!

Lens Blog: Record keeping

Lens Blog: Record keeping

FIS Consultant Len Bunton looks at the importance of keeping records and why this is vital.  It is not uncommon for disputes to emerge on contracts that were concluded 3-4 years ago, so your records need to be collated and stored and archived, because you never know when you might need them.

Members can see the full blog

These monthly Blogs are designed to help FIS Members avoid common traps and build on our focus on collective experience.  They share ideas about improving the commercial management of your contracts. In other words, instilling best practice into the way FIS members run and manage their business. What I have endeavored to suggest is ways to ensure you get paid on time, and what you are due.

Celebrating innovation in the finishes and interiors sector

Celebrating innovation in the finishes and interiors sector

FIS announced the winners of its inaugural Innovation Awards at a ceremony held at is Conference in London.

In front of a packed audience at the Business Design Centre, the winners of the 2023 FIS Innovation Awards were announced and presented. The Awards recognise and celebrate innovation in the finishes and interiors sector showcasing companies that are paving the way for greater efficiency and collaboration. The aawards comprised four categories: Product Fit-Out, Product FF&E, Digital and Sustainability.

All entries were independently assessed by a panel of expert judges and the winner of each category was announced in front of a live audience. The winner of each category was then invited to deliver a short pitch on their innovation to the audience, who then determined the overall 2023 Innovation of the Year winner.

The 2023 award winners are:

Innovation of the Year
FireDNA for its Passive Fire Product Monitoring Software

Product – Fit Out
Eekowall for its off-site manufactured eekowall panels]

Product – FF&E
Rockfon for its modular slatted wood acoustic wall system, Lamella

Adaptavate for its plasterboard alternative, Breathaboard

The awards and event were supported by sponsors Etag Fixings, Protektor, Fire DNA and Payapps.

Find out more about the winners and shortlist across all four categories.
New in-depth report puts procurement practices in the finishes and interiors sector under the spotlight

New in-depth report puts procurement practices in the finishes and interiors sector under the spotlight

The University of Reading, Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) and AMA Research (part of Barbour ABI) have today launched a new report Procurement in the Finishes, Fit-Out and Interiors Sector, aiming to better understand how procurement practices are affecting the £10 billion fit-out industry and most importantly, how they can be improved.

FIS last year raised concerns that the push for modern methods of construction was being undermined by lack of focus on modern methods of procurement.  To better understand the evolution of procurement practices, the organisation commissioned Professor Stuart Green of the University of Reading to explore procurement practices in the UK fit-out sector.  FIS has a close working relationship with AMA Research, who were also keen to explore this topic and support this work and were able to offer assistance in developing the survey and extending the reach for participation. 

This result is a fascinating new report that benchmarks current practices from those contractors directly involved and explores how procurement impacts effective delivery. Through better understanding of the challenges facing the industry, the sector can deliver better value and improve supply chain relationships.

The nature of the procurement process is often identified as a barrier to change. Dame Judith Hackitt’s statement from the 2018 ‘Building a Safer Future’ Report, confirmed that ‘Improving the procurement process will play a large part in setting the tone for any construction project. This is where the drive for quality and good outcomes, rather than lowest costs must start.’

FIS Chief Executive Iain Mcllwee stated:

“The key to unlocking the potential of construction and unleashing the culture change that we need in the finishes and interiors sector sits squarely in procurement. That isn’t a revelation. Virtually every report written about the construction process has raised concerns about procurement practices that facilitate a race to the bottom and create adversarial relationships and it crops up in almost every conversation I have about improving the sector.  This is felt most acutely in our sector which absolutely sits at the whip end of construction when programmes and budgets are stretched or there is huge pressure to get the work done to leverage the value of a building.”

This new report furnishes the ongoing debate with concrete data and provides a voice to those who work in the fit-out sector. It is based on both a questionnaire conducted online during July and August 2022 that returned 269 responses with 100% quality rating on results and then supplemented with 20 in-depth interviews with selected practitioners representing contractors operating at all tiers of the supply chain. The research raised serious questions about time allocation in procurement and tendering processes, and worryingly how risks are routinely pushed down the supply chain.

Professor Stuart Green, School of Construction Management and Engineering at the University of Reading said:

“I have been hugely impressed with the leading-edge firms in the fit-out and interiors sector. They are crucially focused on delivering high-quality work to demanding deadlines. Such firms act as exemplars for collaborative working at its very best.

“But many firms within the sector don’t get the chance to work collaboratively. This is especially true of the smaller firms who act as subcontractors. Procurement practices are too often focused on low-cost tendering with little consideration of other factors.  Subcontractors are further obliged to accept highly onerous conditions of contract which undermine trust from the outset. The smaller firms are frequently pressurised to reduce their tender price retrospectively and to offer discounts in return for prompt payment. It seems that old-fashioned subbie bashing is alive and well in the fit-out sector. This cannot be the basis upon which to sustain a modern industry.”

Laura Pardoe, Director at AMA Research said:

‘Connecting with people working directly in the field helps understand the real issues they are dealing with daily. This is critical to being able to decipher what needs improving. It has been a pleasure to support FIS in reaching out to people across their sector to canvass views and gather thoughts and experiences. The objective perspective we can bring as an expert researcher provides robustness to our understanding across the array of issues uncovered.’

In conclusion, Iain Mcllwee said:

“The regulatory, environmental, commercial and moral drivers for change have never been stronger and this research-based report has given a voice to all in the supply chain and is the start of a practical call to action for positive change.”

Procurement Practices in the UK Fit-Out Market