The self assessment tax return deadline

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Everything you need to know about the upcoming tax return deadline

As the self assessment tax return deadline for 2019 is looming, you may have some questions about what this all means, how and if it affects you at all. The subject of taxes can be a daunting and confusing one (in fact, nearly 750,000 people missed the tax return deadline in 2018).

Check if workers are eligible to work in the UK

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How to check if people are eligible to work in the UK

If you’re not sure how to check whether your workers are legally permitted to work in the UK, it can be a challenge to find the right information. To keep you clued up with the facts, here’s what you need to ask and check for in order to confirm your employee’s right to work in the UK.

Questions to ask your employer before accepting a job

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What to ask your employer before accepting a job

When looking for work, it can be tempting to accept a job offer straight away. However, try not to get ahead of yourself! You may want to clarify a few things with your employer before agreeing to take on a job.

Farm Safety

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How dangerous is farming?

Charlotte Smith covered a campaign on the need to improve farm safety back in the late 90s, and yet yesterday she returned to cover the topic again on BBC Radio 4. Since then, actions have been taken to improve farm safety but the statistics aren’t changing. Farming is still the most dangerous job going. And we were reminded of that by the recent fatality of Broughshane farmer, James Gibson.

Need to know – CSCS Cards

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Applying for CSCS cards: what you need to know


As discussed in our CSCS scheme blog, CSCS cards are a great way for grafters to prove to employers that they have the correct training, qualifications and experience for the job in question. Possession of a CSCS card increases the number of jobs you can apply for – some job postings may require applicants to hold a certain type of CSCS card before they can even be considered.

Help with your tax return

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Sole traders – do you need help with your tax return?


As a sole trader, legally you and your business are one and the same. Acting as the exclusive owner of the business, you’re entitled to keep all profits after tax has been paid. The downside is this means that you’re also liable for any losses and failure to comply with UK tax regulations. 

The rate of pay for construction labourers in London

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The rate of pay for construction labourers in London

It’s important that your jobs are listed with a wage that reflects the appropriate rate of pay for the profession in question. You should also take into account other factors such as location, experience and any further qualifications that the desired applicant needs to have. As an employer, you want to make sure that you are paying your employees the wage they deserve. Offer wages that are too low and you can risk driving off potential employees, and you may struggle to find enough workers for the job.

Mental health and construction

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Mental health in the construction industry

You may be aware of the current drive to support those who suffer from mental illness across the UK but the reality about how common it is, is shocking.

Every two hours, someone in England and Wales takes their own life. Mind, a mental health charity operating across England and Wales, have revealed this upsetting statistic as part of their Christmas appeal.

Overtake the rest: advanced driving courses

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Overtake the rest: advanced driving courses

Congratulations! You’ve passed your driving test. Unfortunately for you though – in this day and age, professional drivers need a bit more than their test certificate to stand out amongst the crowd. Passing your test certainly isn’t going to make you a driving expert (as we know by some of the poor practice encountered on the roads!). Luckily, there are a number of advanced driving courses for those drivers who want to further expand their knowledge of the road. In this article, we outline the four best driving courses for drivers looking to boost their profile and impress their employers.