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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16885: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 29 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on whether umbrella companies have been utilising a "margin charge" on workers' payslips during construction of the A737 Dalry Bypass, as has reportedly been the case in other Scottish Government infrastructure projects.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 11 June 2018

Farrans Roadbridge (FRBJV), the contractor for the A737 Dalry Bypass, has confirmed that "margin charges" on workers' payslips are not deducted during construction of the project. FRBJV has further advised that they will not tolerate such activities on their projects. On the A737 Dalry Bypass, FRBJV employ direct labour, sub-contracted labour and at times task specific agency labour all of which they ensure operate within their ethical business and fair work policy and approved and accepted payment guidelines.