The COVID-19 pandemic has effectively put the brakes on a number of promising economic trends, including that of the US construction industry, which had been thriving before the country switched into lockdown mode in March. Although construction was slower to feel the crisis’s punch than some sectors, as contractors now look ahead toward recovery, the projections are uncertain, with the return to “normal” possibly measured more in years than months.
For those of us in the world of contracting, there really is only one big story at the moment – other than Brexit of course – and that it is the potential roll out of the intermediaries legislation to the private sector. To date, contractors have made up a significant portion of the workforce at larger financial services organisations. According to Contractor Calculator, they estimate there are approximately 300,000 PSCs operating in the UK.