Pros and Cons of Being Self Employed on CIS

As a CIS subcontractor you are considered self-employed but working for a contractor who haas to deduct a portion of your invoice (usually 20%) and pay it to HMRC on your behalf. This situation is different to that of other self employed persons not working in construction who do not come under CIS and get… Read More »

7 Most Important Facts About the CIS

The CIS (Construction Industry Scheme) lays down the rules on how subcontractors must be paid and what tax must be deducted from payments to subcontractors.t The Scheme can be confusing to non-tax professionals. So here’s a run-down of the most important things you need to know about it: 1: Contractor or Subcontractor? If you’re a… Read More »

Your Route Through the Construction NVQ

The Construction NVQ and its equivalents are designed to give you structured training in your chosen building trade. You start at Level 1 and work your way up to Level 4. City and Guilds qualifications run a roughly equivalent set of grading levels, as do industry-specific qualifications. The Construction NVQ Level 1 is a nominal… Read More »

Realising Your Employment Potential With the CSCS Card

If you want to work in rewarding roles in the construction industry, you need to be able to prove that you have the skill and experience necessary to do them. That’s why CSCS Cards and the Construction NVQ have been dovetailed. Your CSCS Card is like a portable CV, showing prospective employers than you have… Read More »

Why the Construction NVQ is Right for You

The Construction NVQ is designed to provide training in the skills and knowledge you need to perform your chosen trade to a specified level. Each NVQ Level is identifiable with the Levels achievable in other trades and other industries. So anyone who has a Construction NVQ Level 2, no matter what their trade, has a… Read More »

How to Make a Molehill Out of a Mountain

Sustainability is the watchword for the construction industry these days, even when it comes to demolition. The most destructive part of the construction industry can often be one of the most renewable and energy efficient, thanks to a keen emphasis on regeneration, land preparation and reuse. Holders of the affiliate CSCS Card for Demolition Operatives… Read More »