Latest COVID-19 news and updates from SELECT

Coronavirus at The Walled Garden

The SELECT offices are now closed, with all staff working from home. However, this will not affect our services and we will continue to offer essential help and guidance to Members.

We are still dealing with all calls made to our main switchboard – 0131 445 557 – and you can continue to use our main email address – – to get in touch. Click here to see our full list of helplines and how to contact us.

Our teams of Membership Representatives and Technical Advisors are available to speak as normal and will also be contacting Members on a regular basis to update them and obtain feedback so SELECT is aware of any specific issues.

Until further notice, all technical assessments, training courses, drop-in sessions, Branch Updates, AGMs and Member visits are suspended. Anyone booked on a course will have the option of a refund if they request it. This year’s Toolbox Talks have also been cancelled, although technical presentations will be available online soon.

Support and guidance is available over the phone and by email, and also through our dedicated COVID-19 web page, which is updated daily. A list of helplines is also available here, along with the latest guidance from the NHS and UK and Scottish Governments.

We will also be issuing daily updates across our social media channels, so please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to stay in touch.

Guidance for landlords added

30 March: New guidance for landlords has been uploaded after a Scottish Government update about routine certification requirements during the crisis. Read the update here.

Self-employed measures welcomed

27 March: SELECT has cautiously welcomed new provisions for the self-employed, but says more clarity is still needed. Read the full story here. We’ve also uploaded some new guidance on the new self-employed measures here. Meanwhile, The Scottish Building Contracts Committee has urged the industry to work together to combat the impact of COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Example CJRS furlough letter

26 March: We’ve updated our Employment Guidance section with the latest information and also created a letter template that can be adapted and sent to furloughed employees as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Download it and find out more here.

Workplace disruption guidance

25 March: SELECT has added new guidance about workplace disruption to the dedicated COVID-19 section of the website, with helpful topics including alternate duties, unpaid leave and the Job Retention Scheme. Find out more here.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

24 March: SELECT has issued some limited information on the new CJRS, which is designed to assist businesses during the current crisis. Find out more here.

NHS issues plea for masks

24 March: The NHS has asked SELECT Members and the wider industry for help in tracking down stocks of FFP3 face masks to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Additional commercial support offered

23 March: SELECT has extended the range of coronavirus guidance to Members, with an additional commercial support service for those concerned about legal and contractual issues. Put together in conjunction with a number of industry experts, the service involves an initial consultation which is free for all Members up to 20 minutes. More details available here.

Stationery orders suspended

23 March: As SELECT continues to review its working practices during the coronavirus outbreak, no further stationery orders will be processed until further notice.

Pressing for action

20 March: To help Members’ interests, SELECT has joined nine other leading bodies to form the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum, pressing the Scottish Government to take action, help with cashflow and protect jobs during the COVID-19 crisis. The Forum – which represents the majority of contractor business in Scotland – has sent a joint letter to Fiona Hyslop, Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, urging her to support the Scottish construction sector. Members can also assist by lobbying their own MSPs asking for their support. Read more about the new CICV Forum here.

Statement from Fiona Harper, The Secretary of the SJIB

20 March: The Secretary of the Scottish Joint Industry Board, Fiona Harper, has issued a statement outlining the actions and preparations it’s taking for the potential implications on services. Fiona said: “We have developed a contingency business plan which we are now putting into place. At this time, our office is still open and we are making plans to carry on working from our homes. With the exception of the ECS HS&E Assessments invigilated here at the Walled Garden – I do not currently foresee any impact on the continuity of our service.” You can read Fiona’s statement in full here.


18 March: The operators of our SELECTcerts scheme, Computer Scene, adopted a work from home policy from Tuesday 17 March onwards. As phone support will be limited to one line only, the best form of support contact will be via email at

Retentions consultation

18 March: The Scottish Government has extended the current retentions consultation to 13 May. Members are still encouraged to submit their response to help us end the scourge of late and withheld payments.


17 March: The UK Government has delayed the start date for IR35 to 6 April 2021 – a move welcomed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The government announced that the new off-payroll tax reforms would to be extended to help medium and large businesses in the private sector cope with the ongoing spread of coronavirus. BESA Head of Employment Affairs Paula Samuels said: “This is a welcome reprieve for our members, many of whom are already suffering the effects from the financial and economic fall-out of coronavirus.”

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