Self-Employed and Employed CIS Payroll Solutions | Futurelink Group

Construction Industry Scheme Payroll

Managing Worker's Self-Employed Status, While Removing Tax and NI Liabilities from the Company

Industry Leading CIS Contractor Solutions

Team Construction Limited, part of the Futurelink Group, are registered with HMRC with Gross Status under the Construction Industry Scheme. We provide two CIS payroll solutions for workers;

CIS Self-Employed solution which enables bona fide self-employed workers to have 20% deducted at source, endorsed using their UTR number.

CIS PAYE Employed solution for individuals who fall within IR35 and are deemed to be under Supervision, Direction and/or Control. All necessary tax and National Insurance is deducted in line with PAYE.

By utilising the services provided by the Futurelink Group, we can keep workers fully compliant with HMRC, protect the worker’s status and help to maximise their take home pay.

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Here are our core CIS solutions. If you need any advice on the different solutions, please feel free to contact us here.

CIS Payroll – Self-Employed Status

Futurelink’s CIS self-employed solution is ideal for workers that have registered with HMRC as self-employed where they have been given a 10-digit UTR number. Futurelink takes care of invoicing, receiving payment from the agency or company, process the workers’ pay and deducts 20% tax in line with the Construction Industry Scheme. Those workers unverified are taxed at 30% until fully registered.

CIS PAYE Umbrella – Employed Status

Futurelink’s PAYE solution is ideal for workers that do not have a self-employed status or are caught by IR35. Under the umbrella option, the worker becomes “employed” by us, while complying fully CIS as the company has gross status. Team Construction Limited, part of the Futurelink Group, deducts the relevant tax and National Insurances before paying the worker. No tax return is required when using this solution. Workers will be eligible for SSP (Statutory Sick Pay) and SMP (Statutory Maternity Pay). A comprehensive workplace pension scheme is also provided.


What are the benefits of using Futurelink’s CIS payment solutions? We've broken down some of them for you below...


Employers, Public Liability & Personal Accident Insurance all included.

Faster Payments

We offer same day fast payments to all of our clients.

Daily Payrolls

We run daily payrolls all week – Monday to Friday & twice on Fridays.

Fully Compliant

Our solutions are fully compliant, protecting workers and the company.

Easy Registration

We offer a fast, simple and straight forward registration process.

Online Portal

Secure online worker portal providing payslip copies and invoicing options.

Helpful Information

1What is CIS?

The Construction Industry Scheme also known as CIS, is a statutory tax scheme that was created by HMRC for those who work in the Construction. The scheme was brought in to effect in 1971 to protect construction workers from false employment and minimise tax evasion in the construction industry. The original 714 certificates have evolved somewhat since then and today, a worker’s Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number has simplified the process.

2When does CIS apply?

CIS applies to the majority of construction workers who are self-employed and that work within the UK (within UK territorial waters up to the 12-mile limit). However, there are some job roles associated with construction that are exempt from the scheme. Click here to find out what they are.

Generally speaking, those who work in the following areas, CIS will apply in the following projects:

• Alterations
• Construction
• Decorating
• Demolition
• Dismantling
• Repairs
• Site preparation

The scheme does not apply to construction work carried outside of the UK or to those who are permanently employed by a Contractor. However, a business based outside the UK and carrying out construction work within the UK is within the scheme and must register accordingly.

3CIS tax rates

The worker must be registered with HMRC under the CIS Scheme and obtain a UTR number (Unique Taxpayer Reference). Once the UTR has been verified, we will deduct the following amount from the workers’ gross pay.

• 20% for registered subcontractors
• 30% for unregistered subcontractors

The deductions count as advance payments towards the subcontractor's tax and personal National Insurance. Alternatively, if workers do not want deductions to be made, they can register for Gross payment status online.

4What are worker responsibilities?

CIS is an efficient scheme as Futurelink takes care of all tax deductions along with compliance, thereby leaving the worker with little other responsibilities. The worker would still have to complete an end of year self-assessment (tax return) and contribute National Insurance (Class 2 & 4). In most cases, the worker will receive a tax refund in event of doing so. The deadline for submitting the paper return is 31st October, if the worker submits the electronic tax return, the deadline is the 31st January. 

5What are the consequences/penalties?

Business’s and workers can face substantial fines should they not adhere to the rules and deadlines that are associated with the Construction Industry Scheme.

Missing CIS return deadlines can result in the below penalties:

- 1 day late = £100
- 2 months late = £200
- 6 months late = £300 or 5% of the CIS deductions on the return, whichever is higher
- 12 months late = £300 or 5% of the CIS deductions on the return, whichever is higher

Businesses & Contractors could also be penalised for incorrectly giving the wrong employment status for a subcontractor which can result in fines up to £3000.

Futurelink can help by eliminating the risks of potential fines and protecting worker’s self-employed status.

How do you get started?

If you want to know more about our CIS Scheme and how we can help take the pressure off you, please get in touch.

Here at Futurelink, we will help you throughout the whole process. Get in touch with our team now and speak to an expert for an initial consultation completely FREE of charge. Simply either give us a call on 01923 277900 or contact our team via the website.

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