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7 Tradie Tips For Tax Time

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The better informed and prepared you are this EOFY, the lower your stress levels and tax bill will be. Here are 7 top tax tips from ConX:

Time: A tradies most valuable resource


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We came across this meme yesterday and it perfectly sums up our most valuable resource - TIME. We are time poor, there is no doubt about it, but don’t let that hold you back. Let's embrace technology and make our lives simpler in the construction industry.

Construction Sector Salary Outlook for 2017

In the 2017 edition of its Hays Salary Guide based on a survey of almost 3,000 organisations, recruitment outfit Hays said two-thirds of all employers throughout the building and construction sector intend to offer either no remuneration increases in the coming year or increases of less than three percent. Source: Sourcable

Changes to the 457 visa program will constrain profit for construction contractors

In April 2017, the Federal Government announced plans to axe the existing 457 visa program, which is intended to help employers fill skills gaps. Instead, they plan to replace it with the Temporary Skill Shortage visa.  The new Temporary Skill Shortage visa is designed to free up jobs for skilled Australian workers, who feel they are being unfairly denied opportunities by employers looking to save on wage costs. 

Four Construction Trades in Demand

Are you considering an apprenticeship to start a career in the construction industry? With significant growth in the number of construction job openings around the world, now is a great time to start an apprenticeship. Here’s a look at the top four trades to consider:
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Feature Updates: Social Sharing and Construction CV

We’ve been busy building cool features to make finding work with the right contractor and hiring the perfect team of tradies easier than ever. Here’s a quick summary of what’s new on ConX:

Three Ways to Reinforce a Buildings Foundation

Today we’ll look at various methods of reinforcing a property’s foundation with a guest post from ConX member, 5 Star Reblocking & Underpinning, one of Australia’s leading contractors. 

How much Time Should you Spend Putting Out Fires?

Even with adequate planning and assessment, at every stage of the construction project issues arise that require immediate intervention to ensure work remains on course. As the project manager, you need to devise quick, targeted interventions to avert the crisis at hand. That is why, you need to be in a position to anticipate such and have mitigation measures in place. Such approaches focus on avoiding to stretch the budget and the construction timelines. The following are “fires” project managers are likely to experience and how they can overcome the same: 

5 ways to reduce the risk of late payments in the construction industry

In Australia late payments has been identified as the no.1 challenge facing small business. Within the industry the subject of payment can often be a bit of a taboo, let’s be honest, nobody likes to ask for money and it is especially unpleasant having to ask for it a few times as a matter of urgency. In my experience, it is usually the subbie or the builder working on contract who pays all of their guys weekly that gets into trouble with cash flow. 

A look at Sydney's Housing Boom

As I sat this morning drinking my coffee on my own, I picked up the SMH which was folded on the comments page with an illustration of 4 bricks, each one surrounded by people. It quickly grabbed my attention because the bricks with the most people around it were labelled  +negative gearing and -capital gains.