'Back to work' for construction and manufacturing

Following the Prime Minister's announcement last night encouraging those in construction and manufacturing to return to work (if they can do so safely, of course, and avoiding public transport), new official guidance is expected later today on the details of how this should be managed.

At the moment the Construction Leadership Council's latest Site Operating Procedures still apply. (See the GAI news page for how these guidelines apply to our sector). Guidance on safer working for a range of working environments will be published this week and the CLC will then will review the Site Operating Procedures in the light of any changes. We will let you know when that happens.

Planning the end of furloughing

This is a useful update via BuildUK:

The Government is considering how to phase out the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, recognising the impact of a ‘cliff edge’ if it ends abruptly at the end of June 2020. A CLC working group has made a number of recommendations to the Treasury on how it could be extended as a ‘work support’ scheme. This would allow work and training to be undertaken whilst the amount of support from Government is phased out gradually over the last six months of 2020. It is likely there will need to be continued support for employees in the extremely vulnerable category, including those shielding or with caring responsibilities.

The working group also proposed that the industry should establish a talent retention scheme to safeguard against the loss of skills and experience. This could include an online portal to advertise and facilitate loans of teams or individuals between businesses.

Read 'Back to Work- The Construction Industry’s Proposals for the Future of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' here.