SPOA yes, SBF no


Scotland’s plant sector has backed the Construction Industry Training Board’s proposed levy rate.


The Scottish Plant Owners’ Association was one of the ‘consensus organisations’ that voted to support CITB’s continued cash-raising powers following the biggest-ever consultation with industry.

The move was also supported by the Construction Plant-hire Association and the Hire Association Europe. From the contracting sector, the National Federation of Demolition Contractors and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association voted yes but the Scottish Building Federation was one of four trade bodies to vote against.

The result came at the end of CITB’s three-yearly consensus process during which 14 federations and 4,000 non-represented employers were asked whether or not they supported the proposed levy rate. In Scotland nearly 80% of employers said ‘yes’.

Sarah Beale, chief executive officer at CITB, said: “The results are clear – construction firms across Great Britain have come together to commit to deliver a skilled construction workforce for the next three years. The consensus process this year has been rigorous, robust and inclusive, with more employers consulted than ever before.

“Whilst we have been backed by our industry, we’ve heard the calls for change loud and clear. Be assured that we will continue listening to industry and along with recommendations from the Government’s upcoming review into industry training boards, will use all we learn to inform our reform process.”

The results will be submitted to the Department for Education for verification and approval before the Secretary of State asks Parliament is asked to approve the new levy order.


For 2018-2020 the proposal is that for all levy payers:
The PAYE contribution will reduce to 0.35% from 0.5%

NET CIS contribution will remain at 1.25%
Payment thresholds will remain the same



Article posted 9/10/2017

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