H&V workers agree 5% pay rise over two years

Aaron Morby 7 months ago
Share

Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers will receive a wage rises of more than 5% by 2020, after an agreement in national wage negotiations between contractors and union Unite.

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) settled on an hourly rate increase of 2.5% from this October followed by a further 2.75% rise from October 2019.

Both parties described the process as “positive and constructive” as they confirmed the second phase of the four-year national operative wage settlement. 

Phase One, which covered October 2016 to September 2018, also included a forward commitment of improved index benefits and an additional day of paid annual holiday entitlement, effective from February 2020.


BESA head of employment affairs Paula Samuels said that having constructive dialogue with Unite was particularly important this year because of the growing economic uncertainty caused by Brexit and the collapse of Carillion, which had thrown many industry supply chains into chaos.

“This is an extremely challenging time for employers in our sector, which makes planning for the future a very tricky exercise,” said BESA President and chief negotiator Tim Hopkinson.

“However, we also have solid grounds for optimism. There is growing demand for our specialist skills and expertise as the UK embarks on an ambitious infrastructure programme and seeks to upgrade its commercial and residential building stock.

“It is extremely helpful, therefore, to be able to conclude these important negotiations positively so everyone can look to the future,” he added.

Latest news

Lakehouse subbies plan showdown with Sureserve bosses

Suppliers owed millions to demand answers at company AGM
11 hours ago

Interserve subcontractors told it’s business as usual

Outsourcers circle Interserve support services division
17 hours ago

Morgan Sindall wins 20-year Sellafield civils deal

Four teams named for Sellafield decommissioning project partnership
18 hours ago

Hunt for quartet to deliver £700m Birmingham Uni pipeline

University is preparing to deliver phase two of its estate masterplan
19 hours ago

Stepnell wins £14m Northampton Vulcan works redevelopment

Historic factory to be refurbished for business start-ups
18 hours ago

Hunt starts for developer on £200m South Shields scheme

South Tyneside Council looking for housing partner and remediation specialist
18 hours ago

Revamp plans for Birmingham Moor Street station unveiled

Transfer deck across the top of station will connect to all platforms
18 hours ago

Boost your online presence – join the Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers showcases products, services and latest stories
11 months ago

Interserve workers told to report for work as usual

Interserve subsidiaries to trade solvently as PLC business pre-packed
3 days ago

Interserve to file for administration as rescue rejected

Shareholders vote down rescue plan
4 days ago

Dawnus Group goes into administration

Grant Thornton now in charge of contractor which employed 700 staff
3 days ago

Bricklayer killed by collapsing wall

Court hands out £900,000 fine but contractor went into administration six months after tragedy
3 days ago

Dawnus collapse a “Welsh Carillion”

Subcontractors braced for huge losses as administrators poised to take control
4 days ago

Taylor Woodrow losses halve Vinci UK profits

Building operations trade profitably but Taylor Woodrow suffers fifth year in the red
4 days ago

Plans in for £70m Edinburgh botanic garden revamp

New glasshouse features in major overhaul plan
4 days ago

Mace to steer £350m Stevenage town centre revamp

Work set to begin on site next year
4 days ago

Plan for £250m new Tees Crossing

Tees Valley Combined Authority hopes work could start by 2023
5 days ago

Rail safety warning over runaway machine on tracks

Accident investigators highlight problems with safety management systems
4 days ago

Subbies braced for worst if Interserve loses crunch vote

Interserve to fall into administration if shareholders reject rescue plan
4 days ago

Dawnus heading for administration

Dawnus Construction Holdings on brink of collapse
6 days ago

11 firms win £5.2bn Southern Construction Framework

McLaren and McAlpine join new line up as Bouygues and Balfour drop out
5 days ago

Lakehouse Contracts ceases trading

£71m turnover business goes bust seven months after being sold by Sureserve
5 days ago

Torsion to build £65m twin towers in Leeds

Court Collaboration and Torsion Developments put in plans for build to rent scheme
5 days ago

Balfour Beatty bags £1.5bn central railway alliance

Network Rail names winner of last of three new track alliance deals
5 days ago

Brunel Uni starts race for £40m teaching block

Seven-storey facility will replace the 1968 John Crank building at Uxbridge campus
5 days ago

27 years in jail for “industrial scale” skills card forgers

Police smash forgery gang who were flooding the market with fake CSCS cards
5 days ago

£250m mixed-use scheme unveiled for Wolverhampton

Work planned to start next year creating 1,000 construction jobs
5 days ago

Holly Price becomes new head of the NFDC

Keltbray director becomes new leader of the demolition industry
6 days ago

Housing boosted in Spring Statement

£717m released for 37,000 homes at Old Oak Common in London, the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and Cheshire.
5 days ago

Balfour Beatty hits 2.4% construction margin

Leo Quinn puts group on strong footing after four-year turnaround
6 days ago

Contractor services