The Construction Industry, CIS and Employment Status
One of the genuine pleasures of my job is to talk to people from all areas of the industry – experienced tradesmen, company owners big and small and people just starting out. Many of these interactions are at trade shows that we attend up and down the country, and there are plenty of common misunderstandings on definitions of employment status that have trundled around the industry for years, plus a few new entries! So we often ask the question of delegates at trade shows, “is the status of your self-employed workers secure?” – and after a brief look of horror, some of the most common responses are:
“All my lads are registered with the CIS, so they must be classed as self-employed”
“All my tradesmen give me an invoice – although we sometimes have to knock it up in the office for them”
“All my guys quote me for work; we agree on a price and they invoice me either at the end of the job, or on an agreed drawdown”.
“I don’t have to worry about that, my accountant takes care of it for me!”