BATJIC - Wages and holidays


A two year deal involving a 5% pay rise over two years has been agreed by the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC). Under the terms of the deal:

  • Workers will receive a 2.5% pay rise this year and a further 2.5% increase in 2017
  • Lower-paid operatives will get a bigger boost of 4% this year, followed by 2.5% next year
  • The Agreement includes a commitment that, if inflation in early 2017 is higher than 2.5%, then the 2017 pay rise will match this, up to a limit of 3%.

As according to this agreement negotiated between the FMB and Unite the Union, the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) 2016/17 Working Rule Agreement takes effect as of Monday 27th June 2016.

For full details, an Information Sheet, the Prime Cost of Daywork Rates sheet and the BATJIC Constitution and Working Rule Agreement 2016/17 are available to download on this page in the Information Sheets 2016-17 red panel.


The 2016/17 Agreement involves variable wage rises for the standard wage rates.

  • The Adult General Operatives’ rate increases by 35p per hour to £9.00
  • For skilled wage rates, S/NVQ2 increases by 25p per hour to £10.15 and
  • S/NVQ3 increases by 29p per hour to £11.79
  • All other rates, including young adult operatives, all apprentices and trainees, and all hourly skills rates will increase by 2.5% this year
  • The Daily Fare Allowance is to increase by 2.5% and the 100km cap on the Daily Fare Allowance will be removed.
  • Lodging Allowance will increase from £36 to £40 per night and Sick Pay will increase to £130 per week.


BATJIC holiday entitlement is 22 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays.


Pensions auto-enrolment rules: However, under provisions in Pensions Act 2011 which came into effect in October 2012 employers are required to automatically enrol certain members of their workforce (eligible jobholders, who are aged between 22 and State Pension age, working in the UK and earning more than £833 per month) into a workplace pension scheme, unless the worker is already in a qualifying scheme.

The precise date at which an employer will be required to comply with the new provisions is known as the "staging date" and the requirement will be for the employer to automatically enroll all eligible employees into a qualifying pension scheme with both the employer and employee making at least the minimum specified contributions. Find the staging date for your firm here. The minimum employer contribution prior to 30th Sept 2017 under pensions auto-enrolment rules is 1% of pensionable pay between £5,824 and £42,385.


Under BATJIC Working Rule Agreement 4, seven of the 22 working days annual leave are attached to the Christmas holiday period, to be taken alongside the three public holidays. Holidays may be taken at times other than these by mutual agreement between the employer and employees. In Scotland the Christmas holiday period consists of four public holidays and six annual leave days.

New Year’s Day 2017 is a Sunday, so Monday 2nd January 2017 is a bank holiday (and in Scotland Tuesday 3rd January is too). As such, there is no obvious two week shutdown period, and therefore:

  • BATJIC is recommending that the Christmas shutdown period 2016-17 commences at close of Tuesday 20th December 2016, with return to work on Wednesday 4th January 2017
  • Alternately, employers could choose to shut-down on Friday 23rd December 2016 and return on Monday 9th January 2017
  • If employers want to shutdown on Friday 16th December, they need to factor in that Monday 2nd January will be a bank holiday.





BATJIC is the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council. This partnership between the FMB and the TGWU provides a valuable forum which helps to maintain good industrial relations in the workplace.


National Conditions of Employment and Wage Rates, which together form a Working Rule Agreement, are negotiated by BATJIC.


The FMB can offer free telephone advice to members on legal and commercial matters including the BATJIC Working Rule Agreement.

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