Employers in the construction industry have agreed a record 23.3 per centbasic pay rise for the industry’s workers. The deal was agreed following talks between construction workers’ unionUCATT and the Construction Industry Joint Council representing main contractorsand smaller builders. The pay increase will only affect workers who are paid at current industryminimum pay levels. It will mean a significant increase in basic pay – up from £7.30 an hour to£9.00 an hour for craftspeople. The deal includes many other improvements toworkers’ conditions including safety and training. It will also deliver an above-inflation increase in subsistence allowancesand introduce a contributory pension scheme. This will see employers putting in£2.50 per week matched by employee contributions with scope to increase thisvoluntarily to a maximum of £10 per week which would also be matched pound forpound by employers. Phil Harris, group HR director at construction company Birse Group, gave theannouncement a cautious welcome. “If this is what it takes to get morepeople into the industry at the entry level, then this is a positive agreement.”But most people working in construction are not on the minimum wageand I would be concerned if it had a knock-on effect of increasing benchmarkpay across the industry,” he said. George Brumwell, general secretary of UCATT, was delighted with the deal.”Employers have been worried about worsening skills shortages, but oursuccess is more than just that. People are beginning to realise bricklayers,carpenters, scaffolders and all our other skills are more valuable to societythan lawyers and bankers, estate agents and politicians.” By Ben Willmott Comments are closed. Construction’s record pay deal sparks pay hike fearsOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.