Win £1,000 with Camelot. See this week's Recorder

On sale October 15

Wanstead MP calls on government to stop construction workers getting short-changed by payroll companies

09:40 25 January 2013

Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer chaired a debate in Westminster last week on “disreputable” firms avoiding duties to workers by using payroll companies.

Mr Cryer said “blurring” the line between employment and self-employment meant companies can avoid needing to pay national insurance, holiday pay, redundancy pay and other rights.

Some payroll companies are allegedly being used to manage workforce pay, particularly in the construction trade.

Mr Cryer said: “It is a perverse situation the way in which construction workers – after signing a self-employed contract with a payroll company – don’t in theory have any formal relationship with their employer, while in reality that building firm still issues directions and engages with the workforce.”

He urged the government to launch a full inquiry into the practice.

Steve Murphy, general secretary of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, said: “It is vitally important that MPs and ministers understand the murky affairs of the construction industry, which blight the lives of hundreds and thousands of construction workers.”


Latest News Stories

43 minutes ago
Catherine Burns and Darren Lincoln open the new building

A school is in high spirits after it declared a new building for business courses officially open.

Ilford South and Ilford North MPs Mike Gapes and Wes Streeting. Photo: Laura Burnip

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes is at the heart of a Twitter storm this morning (Tuesday) after saying Labour had no “credible leadership”.

The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Barbara White (centre) with friends, volunteers and supporters of The Cranbrook Centre at the opening of the Cranbrook Centre in Redbridge. Picture Vickie Flores

A grand three-day event saw three community organisations join forces to resurrect the former Cranbrook Park Bowling Club into a multi-facility hub for people to enjoy activities and learn new skills.

The Exchange Shopping Centre in Ilford High Road.

Proposals to build 200 housing units on top of the Exchange Shopping Centre car park in Ilford, have been submitted to Redbridge Council.

Most read news


Amazon: Everything you want to buy all in one place!

With £1,500 to spend online at Amazon, there’s really nothing you can’t buy.

You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

Digital Edition

Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder