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Apprentice Wage Rates

Apprentice Wage Rates

Following the increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates from 1 April 2021, the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) has confirmed that, where the pay rates for apprentices in the Working Rule Agreement do not align with the NMW, the NMW takes precedence...

COVID-19: Employer Testing Duty and Self Isolation Rules

COVID-19: Employer Testing Duty and Self Isolation Rules

If you are an employer that requires staff to travel regularly across UK borders, you must take reasonable steps to facilitate your employees to take tests. To help protect the country from coronavirus (COVID-19), there are testing regimes in place for those who...

FIS Responds to Safer Buildings in Wales Consultation

FIS Responds to Safer Buildings in Wales Consultation

FIS has written to the Welsh Government to formally support the CPA response to the Safer Buildings in Wales consultation and highlighted the confusion caused by Regulation 7 and challenges in building classification.  On the whole the consultation sets out an...

VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme

VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme

Companies that deferred VAT payments between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and have monies outstanding need to take action and join the VAT deferral new payment scheme by 21 June 2021.  Those who do not join the scheme or settle the account before 30th June could be...

Product Shortages ‐ CLC Statement

Product Shortages ‐ CLC Statement

The CLC Product Availability Group has issued a statement on the availability of construction products, which confirms that demand will remain high throughout 2021 and urges ‘all users [to] plan for increased demand and longer delays, keep open lines of communication...

Construction Product Availability Statement

Construction Product Availability Statement

Statement from John Newcomb, CEO Builders Merchants Federation and Peter Caplehorn, CEO Construction Products Association, co-chairs of CLC Product Availability work group. Demand for construction products remains high both in the UK and globally and is set to...

Safety Alert: On site storage

Safety Alert: On site storage

If loading out a site and in wake of shortages and potentially taking larger orders of product than would ordinarily be the case, remember to check insurance implications and to survey the area carefully to ensure that any loading limitations on the floor/storage area...

Additional Funding For Training And Qualifications

Additional Funding For Training And Qualifications

Additional Funding For Training And Qualifications Completed Between 1st August 2020 and 31 March 2021 The FIS Training Group has secured additional funding to support the cost of training and qualifications completed by FIS employer members in scope to CITB. The...

Level 3 qualifications now free for some adults

Level 3 qualifications now free for some adults

On 1 April nearly 400 qualifications are available at Level 3 qualifications became free to access for over-24s without A-levels, an advanced technical diploma or equivalent.  This is part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and includes over 60...