NEW WAGE RATES: BATJIC 2017/18 RATES IN EFFECT FROM 26TH JUNE 2017
The BATJIC 2017/18 wage rates will come into effect from the end of June 2017. As the second part of a two year agreement reached in 2016, this year will see a further 2.5% pay rise in all wage rates.
As according to this agreement negotiated between the FMB and Unite the Union, the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) 2017/18 Working Rule Agreement takes effect as of Monday 26th June 2017.
For full details, an Information Sheet, the Prime Cost of Daywork Rates sheet and the full BATJIC Constitution and Working Rule Agreement 2017/18 are available to download on this page in the Information Sheets 2017-18 red panel to the right.
WAGE RATES FOR 2017/18
The 2017/18 Agreement involves a 2.5% rise in all the various wage rates, plus an additional 2.5% rise in all hourly skills rates and a 2.5% rise in the Daily Fare Allowance.
- The Adult General Operatives’ rate increases by 23p per hr. to £9.23
- For skilled wage rates, S/NVQ2 increases by 25p per hour to £10.40 and
- S/NVQ3 increases by 29p per hour to £12.08
- All other rates, including young adult operatives, all apprentices and trainees, and all hourly skills rates will also rise by 2.5% this year
BATJIC holiday entitlement is 22 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays.
Pensions auto-enrolment rules: Under provisions in Pensions Act 2011 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 6th April 2018 under pensions auto-enrolment rules is 1% of pensionable pay between £5,824 and £42,385. From 6th April 2018 until 5th April 2019 this minimum employer contribution rises to 2%. From 6th April 2019 onwards it rises to 3%.
CHRISTMAS SHUTDOWN PERIOD 2017-18
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.
BATJIC is recommending that the Christmas shutdown period 2017-18 commences at close on Friday 22nd December 2017, with return to work on Monday 8th January 2018.
A VALUABLE FORUM
BATJIC is the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council. This partnership between the FMB and Unite provides a valuable forum which helps to maintain good industrial relations in the workplace.
WORKING RULE AGREEMENT
National Conditions of Employment and Wage Rates, which together form a Working Rule Agreement, are negotiated by BATJIC.
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