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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.

Employer Questions

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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

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. 

London labourers pay

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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.

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.

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!). 

Getting women into construction

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Getting women into construction

It’s no secret that construction is not the most female-friendly industry. According to statistics, only 11% of the entire construction workforce are women. Furthermore, a mere 1% of onsite construction workers are women. These numbers are really shocking, and we want to get to the bottom of why there are so few women in our grafter community and in the construction industry as a whole. This gender imbalance in the sector really stands out, and needs to be addressed.

Qualities employers look for

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What qualities are employers looking for?

Looking for work can be stressful and is rarely fun. Few people naturally take note of their strengths, skills and valuable experience until they have to apply for a job or write their CV. On top of that, it’s not always clear from a job description exactly what the employer or business wants.