A new wage agreement for the electrical industry is coming in 2017.
Those of you working in the electrical industry can look forward to wage increases, more holidays and a new mileage allowance scheme.
This will occur over a 3 year period from January 2017 to 2020.
This is the first time that an agreement spanning four years has been determined between trade union Unite and the Electrical Contractors Association.
- Wage increases of 2% in 2017, 2.5% in 2018, 2.75% in 2019 and 3% in 2020
- Introduction of a new mileage allowance and mileage rate to replace travel allowance and travelling time (subject to HMRC acceptance)
- Periodic return fares on jobs over 100 and up to 200 miles to be paid every two weeks, to bring them in line with the other return fares
- Annual holidays to increase to 23 days in 2019 and 24 days in 2020, with these additional days being paid at normal earnings level
- Employers to pay for CompEx courses where it is a specific requirement of the operative’s role
- Encouragement of the recruitment of apprentices.
The ECA’s chief negotiator, Paul McNaughton, said:
“I’m pleased with the outcome of the negotiations – it’s all the more welcome as it provides certainty at a time of considerable uncertainty in the wider economy.
Having a four-year settlement gives the ECA, together with Unite, the opportunity to achieve agreement on wider long-term changes which are necessary to modernise the industry.”
Unite National Officer, Bernard McAulay, said:
“Our members have voted to accept a four-year wages and conditions settlement that will deliver industrial relations stability in a very difficult economic climate.
“The electrical contracting industry is changing at a pace and now is the time for the parties to address the challenges of tomorrow, ensuring our members are at the forefront of installing the latest hi-tech equipment which is central to delivering the next generation of low carbon buildings in the UK.”
You can download a document with details of the agreement here