Industry votes for CITB levy by over two to one

Aaron Morby 2 weeks ago
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Construction employers have voted by over 2 to 1 to retain the Construction Industry Training Board’s levy.

Final results from the survey of 14 trade bodies and 4,000 non-represented firms reveal that 77% of employers support the levy, representing 70% of levy paid in.

The survey also revealed that the majority of firms of all sizes support the levy – 74% of large and medium firms, 76% of small firms and 72% of micro firms all voted in favour.

Following CITB’s biggest-ever consultation with industry, the proposed levy rate for this year was set at 0.35% for all PAYE employers, down from 0.5% in previous years.

The subcontractor NET CIS rate remains at 1.25%.

But trade bodies are united in calling for radical reform at the training body.

Contractors are calling for a refreshed approach to governance that reflects the industry as a whole and its complex supply chain.

They also want more certainty about the future of grant funded training and a simpler approach to funding applications.

How trade bodies voted Response
Build UK YES
British Woodworking Federation (BWF) YES
Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) YES
Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) YES
Federation of Master Builders (FMB) YES
Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) NO
Hire Association Europe (HAE) YES
Home Builders Federation (HBF) NO
National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) YES
National Federation of Builders (NFB) YES
National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) YES
Scottish Building Federation (SBF) NO
Scottish Decorators Federation (SDF) NO
Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) YES

 

Build UK chief executive Suzannah Nichol said: “CITB needs to fundamentally reform and be accountable to the industry, but it can only do that if we all play our part and make sure we are clear in our ambitions and expectations.”

Civil Engineering Contractors Association chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “Our members were clear that they continued to support CITB, but wanted it to build on the positive moves to reform that we have seen in recent months. Today’s announcement lets that process get underway.”

Sarah Beale, CEO at CITB, said: “While 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.

“We are completely committed to modernising our organisation by renewing governance, ensuring accountability and improving outcomes. It is what industry expects and we will deliver.”

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

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