According to recent government figures, self-employment is on the up. The tax man certainly isn’t going to be too happy about that!

According to 2016/17 figures, at least one point one million construction workers were paid under the Construction Industry Scheme. This is an 8% increase on last year in which 993,000 were paid via this scheme. That means a whopping 47% of the entire UK’s construction industry is self-employed! Well, for tax purposes anyway.

This information was revealed after it was requested by construction union Unite. It claimed that these figures are proof that bogus self-employment is on the rise. Claims have also even been made throughout the industry that self-employment is, in fact, the ‘biggest con going’! Take a look at the full report here.

Unite’s assistant general secretary described: “the only way that workers will be treated fairly and decently is by introducing clear rules which ensure that workers are either genuinely self-employed or paid by a standard PAYE method.”

“Without such a reform productivity in construction will remain low, accidents and ill health will be high and the industry will fail to train sufficient numbers of apprentices.”

So what do you think of this? Are you self-employed? Is bogus self-employment on the rise? Let us know in the comments below.


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