Construction industry workers claimed £10.36bn in COVID grants

According to new data from HMRC, construction industry workers have claimed £10.36 billion from the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme since last March.

The construction industry has claimed almost six times more than the next highest-claiming sector, transportation and storage, up to 6 June 2021. Construction industry claimants have received more than 40% of the £25.25 billion of grants to date.

The latest data showed construction industry claimants had received £168m in fresh grants the previous month. The high level of claimants partly reflects the large number of self-employed workers in the industry.

Critics are suggesting the grants are deterring self-employed workers from looking to take new jobs, creating a shortage of labour. Construction industry vacancies hit a 20-year high in May, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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