Buying Right is a new campaign to support security buyers.
Buying Right will work alongside HM Revenue and Customs and UK Visas and Immigration, to help protect security buyers against risks such as immigration, tax, and security licensing offences.
They will be working with security buyers in the construction industry, where some security arrangements have been identified as high risk. With the support of HMRC partners, their investigators will be meeting with construction companies to offer advice and support on due diligence and best practice, and to ensure construction companies are procuring lawful security services.
Security buyers can lower the risk of working with unlawful security providers by only purchasing security from an SIA Approved Contractor.
SIA Chief Executive Bill Butler said: “Through Buying Right, we are committed to supporting business understand how to procure legitimate security services.”
“There are a number of factors to consider when working out whether a security company is providing labour legally. The operative’s hourly rate is a strong indicator, but it is not the only one, and this is where we can help security buyers understand their security purchase.”
“With the support of our partners, we will help the construction industry improve the standards of their security provision, whilst driving out security companies that are operating outside of the law”.