BCECA’s Council continually assesses the challenges facing the engineering contracting sector.
Current areas of concern to member companies include:
In July 2019 HMRC released its response to the consultation, Off-Payroll Working Rules from April 2020. The new rules require private sector companies, which engage workers via a personal service company, or other similar intermediary, to undertake checks to determine whether the worker should be treated as an employee or as self-employed for tax purposes.
BCECA is working to secure a sustainable approach to achieving IR35 compliance in the engineering contracting sector.
Whilst BCECA did not take a position on the EU Referendum vote in 2016, member companies are concerned at the political and economic uncertainties arising from the range of Brexit scenarios.
BCECA is working to secure stability and certainty for engineering contractors in an environment where the movement of labour, goods and services may be affected post-Brexit[TS1] [AF2]
In 2018 Engineering UK, a non-profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community, projected an annual shortfall of up to 59,000 engineering graduates and technicians to fill core engineering roles, with around half of engineering employers reporting recruitment difficulties. The engineering contracting sector suffers from low visibility and recognition of BCECA member companies is limited amongst engineering undergraduates.
BCECA is working to highlight the importance of the engineering contracting sector and its career opportunities in the UK
BCECA’s current projects and work programmes include:
Through its representation on the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s (ECITB) council, committees and working groups, BCECA provides valuable intelligence, which supports good decision making. This constructive engagement resulted in positive changes to Training Levy rates for in-scope employers in 2013 and 2016.
Close working with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education led to the development of a new Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard in Information Management.
BCECA responds to consultations and talks with government, ministers and parliamentarians on matters of current concern to the sector, including immigration visa requirements, apprenticeship levy and off-payroll working. This activity has seen some success. Working through Newland Chase Solicitors, BCECA secured significant concessions to the Tier 2 visa arrangements, thereby making it more straightforward for member companies to bring essential skills to the UK for project start-ups etc.
Through collaboration with several Professional Engineering Institutions, BCECA continues to shape the development of learning outcomes from undergraduate degree programmes and the professional formation of process and energy engineers. This ensures that graduate learning outcomes and routes to professional progression are better aligned with the changing needs of employers in the engineering contracting sector.