The sample size of the survey that is carried out to gauge industry views will increase from 1,900 to 6,000 in 2017. An independent research agency will be also appointed to provide external advice on methodology, mechanisms and best practice for the Consensus process.
CITB policy director Stephen Radley said: “It’s absolutely critical that we have the confidence and support of our industry on our role and purpose. Consensus is the benchmark of that confidence and so we must ensure we reach as many employers as possible and the outcome is truly representative of our sector.
“As part of our ongoing reform, we have listened to what industry has told us and are reflecting the changing nature of construction.
“Therefore we are sharpening up this consultation process. We are casting our net further to reach more levy payers and put transparency and accountability firmly at the heart of the process.”
The independent survey of construction employers is part of the second stage of Consensus, which will take place from August 2017 at the same time as Consensus federations seek the views of members.
The survey was introduced in 2008 to reflect the declining share of levy paying construction employers that are members of Consensus federations. CITB’s latest estimates show that Consensus federations account for 35% of the number of levy registered employers and 59% of the value of levy paid. This compares with 47% and 63% respectively at the time of the 2013 Consensus.
The last Levy Order review conducted in 2013 received support from 86% of levy paying employers and from employers paying 79% of the levy.