CIS Engagement

Our CIS Engagement solution will benefit self-employed sub-contractors within the construction industry, such as:

Telecoms Engineers
Site Engineers

This list is not exhaustive – if you cannot see your trade here, simply contact us to see how we can help you today!

CIS Engagement

The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is a tax deduction scheme which involves tax being deducted at source from payments which relate to construction work.  It applies to contractors who pay sub-contractors to perform work for them.  The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS);


  • Sets the rules for payments by a contractor
  • Ensures that tax is deducted where appropriate
  • Sets the rules for sub-contractors to report deductions
  • only applies to the United Kingdom’s construction industry. Other countries and territories have their own rules for construction and payments to sub-contractors

Being Paid As A CIS Sub-Contractor

We invoice your contractor or agency on a weekly basis. We will pay you based on the monies received from them, minus our CIS Engagement Fee and your CIS deduction rate which is set by HMRC when you register for CIS. We verify this rate when we register you.

Your payment will be paid into your bank account on a weekly basis.

Our registrations team will arrange access to your personal Flexr portal where you can view your timesheets, download your pay statements, manage your expenses and much more.  This can be accessed online or via our user-friendly Android or iOS smartphone apps.

Who Is Eligible?

CIS engagement can be used by any self-employed sub-contractors to the construction industry.

Subject to our independently administered SDC (Supervision, Direction and Control) assessment to ensure that the sub-contractor is genuinely self-employed, Fair Pay Services will be able to pay them through our CIS engagement scheme and take on the administrative burden. We will;

  • Carry out our independently administered SDC Assessment
  • Verify the sub-contractor’s status and deduction rate with HMRC
  • Calculate and deduct CIS tax, then pay across to HMRC
  • Inform the sub-contractor of the net amount they will be paid
  • Take responsibility for all status submissions to HMRC
  • Provide both a payment statement (for each time they are paid) and an annual CIS deduction statement
  • Take away the risk of CIS penalties

What Do You Need To Do?

You have to be registered as self-employed with HMRC to be eligible to be paid through Fair Pay Services’ CIS engagement scheme.

To register as self-employed you need to call HMRC’s Newly Self-Employed Helpline on 0300 200 3500. At the same time you should also be able to register for the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).

To register as a sub-contractor you must have a National Insurance number. If you do not have one please contact the Department for Work and Pensions on 0800 141 2075.

Once registered for CIS, you will then receive a Unique Tax Reference (UTR) which is a 10 digit number.

If you have any issue regarding CIS or in getting a UTR then a CIS Helpline is available from HMRC on 0300 200 3210 or by calling Fair Pay Services on 01604 360222.

To register with Fair Pay Services please call 01604 360222.

Unique Benefits Platform

We’re determined to be a powerful positive force in the lives of our sub-contractors and our benefits platform, Fair Pay Companion is a huge part of how we do that.  It contains a wide range of benefits designed to help you make your money go further, care for yourself and your family and get more out of contracting. Benefits include:


  • Medical and support services, including 24hr access to GP appointments by phone and webcam, a confidential employee assistance program and specialist help for carers
  • Fitness and wellbeing services, including gym discounts, free to stream exercise videos and hundreds of healthy recipes
  • Our huge discount outlet with discounts and cashback on thousands of products and services, including discounts at major supermarkets, cinemas, restaurants and much, much more.

Do You Need Help Applying For A Mortgage?

We understand that it can be challenging for you to secure the best mortgage deals available as a self-employed sub-contractor. 

For this reason, we have highlighted an independent mortgage broker that specialises in working with sub-contractors like you.



Please call or email now to find out more!

Call us on 01604 360222

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Vulcan Works, 34-38 Guildhall Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1EW