BRITISH CONSTRUCTION COMPANY KIER IS SET TO CUT 1,200 JOBS
British construction company Kier is set to cut 1,200 jobs and suspend its dividend for at least two years. The firm, which holds contracts with council rubbish collection and the UK's high speed rail project, is also selling its house building and property businesses, and says it will focus on areas including regional building and highways. It aims to reduce its debt and save £55m a year by 2021. Fund manager Neil Woodford, who recently stopped withdrawals from his biggest fund, is a major investor in the company.
Shares in the troubled construction and services company tumbled to a new low of 109p on Monday afternoon, down 17%, after crashing 35% on Friday, as its mounting problems prompted comparisons with stricken competitors.
Carillion ceased to exist last year after falling into insolvency, while Interserve’s lenders seized control of the company this year after it was unable to pay its debts.
NUMBER OF FURLOUGHED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FALLING FASTER THAN WIDER ECONOMY
Number of furloughed construction workers falling faster than wider economy Latest HMRC data shows size industry’s furloughed workforce shrank by 15% in March The numbe ...
WILL THEY COME BACK? WHY BRITISH CONSTRUCTION LOST ITS EASTERN EUROPEAN WORKFORCE
In recent weeks, a persistent rumour has been circulating about migrant workers in construction. The specifics differ, but the central premise is the same: ‘foreign workers have taken the govern ...
CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT GROWS BY 1.6% IN FEBRUARY
Construction output grew by 1.6% in February 2021, largely thanks to a 1.5% increase in new work and 1.9% increase in repair and maintenance, as the industry maintains its recovery The level of constr ...
IR35: RISHI SUNAK URGED TO AMEND ‘FLAWED’ OFF-PAYROLL RULES TO ENSURE SELF-EMPLOYED RIGHTS
IR35 LEGISLATION must be re-examined to correct the "fundamentally flawed" nature of how off-payroll rules operate, a group of MPs have said. IR35 changes kicked in this month, following a year of del ...
FREE HOME TESTING COVID KITS NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL CONTRACTORS
Construction companies can now order free Covid test kits for workers to use at home. The extension of the workplace testing regime will supply home test kits to companies with over 10 workers where ...
EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
With Brexit, Covid, and new tax rules for the self-employed, this year sees a plethora of significant changes in the field of employment law. Here is a recap of what you need to know. 1. End of furlou ...