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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...

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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,...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

BESA praises levy changes

The government’s decision to ease restrictions on how Apprenticeship Levy funds are distributed has been praised by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). From July, large firms who pay the Levy will be able to transfer up to 10% of their funds annually to multiple supply chain partners. Previously, a levy-payer was only able to share funds with one other employer, but...

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Engineering services trade bodies respond to Government Sector Deal

The Government’s newly announced Construction Sector Deal has been broadly backed by BESA and the ECA. Both bodies support the focus on more highly skilled apprenticeships, digital processes, and whole life value. The attention given to SMEs, productivity and supply chain collaboration is also welcome. However, both bodies agree with the June 2018 FSB report, Chain Reaction, that more decisive...

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Network Rail shows “exemplary leadership” on payment

Trade bodies applaud Network Rail for commitment to fairer business practices Network Rail has set a great example on fair payment, which others should now follow, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body, ECA. The two trade bodies applauded Network Rail’s decision to ban retentions and adopt project bank...

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