SME builders and Unite the union agree 3.1% pay rise

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a one year deal involving a 3.1% pay rise to come into effect in June 2018. This follows from the successful conclusion of pay negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), on behalf of SME construction employers, and Unite the union, on behalf of operatives, the FMB has said.

  • BATJIC has agreed a one year deal involving a 3.1% pay rise over the next year;
  • All apprentices and trainees will also benefit from a 3.1% pay increase;
  • The adult general operatives’ rate increases by 29p per hour to £9.52;
  • The NVQ3 advanced craft rate increases by 37p per hour to £12.45;
  • The changes will come into effect as of Monday, June 25, 2018.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “I am pleased that we were able to reach this agreement. A 3.1% pay increase is a significant rise, but it is designed to take into account higher inflation last year and make sure that employees continue to see the benefits of ongoing growth in construction through rises in real wages. The severity of the skills crisis means that it is imperative that we attract more people into the industry. It’s also more important than ever that we retain existing workers. At the same time, the economic outlook for employers remains uncertain, especially given key unknowns like the impact of Brexit. As such, I believe the agreement announced today strikes a fair balance which is right for the industry.”

Jerry Swain, the national officer for construction at Unite, said: “Unite welcomes this agreement which recognises the impact of inflation and includes a 3.1% pay rise over the next year. It is only right that workers see the benefits of growth in the construction sector with this significant pay rise which demonstrates the importance of a strong collective union voice for construction workers. We welcome the FMB’s ongoing commitment to BATJIC which continues to set the standard for wages and conditions within the construction SME sector and look forward to ensuring the sector continues to go from strength to strength.”