The current coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected the construction industry. Indeed, from large established companies through to independent tradesmen, the impact of COVID-19 has been enormous. With this in mind, we have compiled some invaluable advice on how to access support, in this unprecedented time of uncertainty.
Find out what Financial support is available
To prevent financial issues potentially snowballing out of control it is vital to access any available support for your finances. If you are a self-employed worker within the construction industry, you might be entitled to help under the government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Full information is available through their website. Alternatively you might be eligible to apply for government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which provides financial support for smaller business that have been affected by COVID-19. It is also worthwhile contacting HMRC to see if you can re-negotiate time frames for tax payments. Likewise, if you have a mortgage, credit card or any loans, get in contact with your loan provider(s) to find out if they you can take any payment holidays.
Take advantage of Mental health support
Its vitally important to take advantage of any available help to protect your mental health too. There are many charities that are only a phone call away if you need help and support. Many are dedicated towards supporting the construction industry. One such charity Mates in Mind, recognises the stigma surrounding mental health issues within the industry and is actively campaigning to address this.
Family and friends can give invaluable support
Be sure to make the most of the support that your family and friends and work colleagues can offer. Close family and friends can give you invaluable emotional support, often at any time of the day, and with no strings attached. Make the most of any support offered by work colleagues too. Working within the same industry, means they will be able to identify with your situation. If you are seeking new work, they can also keep their eyes and ears open for any potential employment opportunities.
Enrol with an industry leading recruitment agency
Enrol with a recruitment company that has experience of working with the construction industry and take advantage of any advice and support they can offer. At PPR, we have extensive experience in placing candidates in roles across the construction industry. We have in-depth knowledge of the industry, and this expertise allows us to give unparalleled support for our clients and candidates. Our impressive network means we can connect you with the biggest companies and largest projects within the industry. Our portfolio covers an impressive area from Greater London, through to Kent and Essex, making us the market leading company to register with.
If you are looking for a new career, PPR is one of the UK’s leading technical recruitment businesses providing contract and permanent staffing solutions. To find out more about working within the construction industry, and the clients we support, contact PPR today. Call us on 01895 80 81 88, send us a message online and upload your CV today.