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Latest news on the initiatives and activities being undertaken by the BESA in support of its members and the building engineering services sector.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Trade associations win historic skills bid

Three trade bodies have joined forces to secure an historic agreement from the four UK governments to manage and develop apprenticeships, qualifications and National Occupational Standards for the building services engineering sector. The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA); SELECT and SNIPEF have created a joint body called BSE Skills Ltd, which has now been appointed to oversee...

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Engineering services confident despite rising material and labour costs

ECA, BESA, SELECT and SNIPEF research shows steady growth in Q2 2018. Over three in four engineering services organisations (77 per cent) say turnover increased or remained steady in Q2 2018, despite rising material and labour costs. These are the findings of the latest BESA/ECA/SELECT/SNIPEF quarterly sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore. Compared to Q1 2018,...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Over 200 MPs support Aldous Bill

Reforming cash retentions has unprecedented support in Parliament. Almost one in three MPs (207) now support the Aldous Bill, following major efforts by BESA and ECA to secure support for reforming cash retentions in construction. The backing comes alongside an unprecedented coalition of over 80 industry bodies and trade associations, representing over 580,000 businesses and sole traders. This is...

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Building services workers secure 5% pay rise

Operatives across the building services contracting sector will receive salary increases of more than 5% by 2020, following the latest round of national wage negotiations between employers and the trade union Unite. The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) – representing the industry’s employers – settled on an hourly rate increase of 2.5% from this October followed by a further 2.75%...

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Nine in 10 councils breach rules on payment practices

Findings emerge on six month anniversary of collapse of Carillion Almost nine in 10 (89 per cent) local authorities are not monitoring if their supply chain is getting paid within 30 days for construction work, according to data obtained by ECA and BESA. The freedom of information request also revealed almost half (49 per cent) of local authorities do not have, or don’t know whether they have, a...

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