What is BATJIC?

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) is a partnership between the FMB and Unite and provides a valuable forum to maintain good industrial relations in the workplace.  Each year BATJIC negotiate the National Conditions of Employment and Wage Rates, which together form a Working Rule Agreement.

We offer free telephone advice to members on legal and commercial matters including the BATJIC Working Rule Agreement and members can log into MyFMB to access the helpline number. 

BATJIC 2020/21

The BATJIC 2020/21 wage rates came into effect from Monday 22 June 2020. This year’s agreement is a one-year deal that has agreed a 3% wage rate increase across the board, and a 1.8% increase for daily fare and lodging allowance in line with January 2020’s figure for the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

For full details, an Information Sheet, the Prime Cost of Daywork Rates sheet and the full BATJIC Constitution and Working Rule Agreement 2020/21 are available to download below. Information sheets from previous years can also be downloaded. 

Wage rates 2020/21

The 2020/21 Agreement involves a 3% rise in all the various wage rates, including the rates for all apprentices and trainees, plus an additional 3% rise in all hourly skills rates.

  • The Adult General Operatives’ rate increases by 29p per hr. to £10.07
  • For skilled wage rates, S/NVQ2 increases by 33p per hour to £11.35 and S/NVQ3 increases by 38p per hour to £13.17. 
  • All other rates, including young adult operatives, all apprentices and trainees, and all hourly skills rates will also rise by 3% this year.


BATJIC holiday entitlement is 22 days holiday plus all bank and public holidays. Holiday pay for all, usually 30 days is to be calculated as the normal earnings level, including all PAYE earnings, in accordance with, and as defined by, the Working Time Regulations 1998.

As of April 2020, there is a new law regarding the reference period for calculating holiday pay where a worker has variable pay or hours. 

Christmas shutdown period 2020-21

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 2020-21 commences at close on Thursday 24 December 2020, with return to work on Thursday 7 January 2020.

Scotland annual and public holidays 2021

Full details on Scottish holidays in 2021 can be found in our article Annual and public holidays 2021 Scotland.


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 on The Pensions Regulator website.

The minimum employer contribution under pensions auto-enrolment rules is 3% of pensionable pay between £6,032 and £46,350.

BATJIC pension scheme

The BATJIC pension scheme was wound up in 2012, and is now managed by Phoenix Life Limited. If you have any enquirers about a BATJIC Penson then please call need call Phoenix Life Limited on 0345 075 0755 or write to them at PO Box 1243, Peterborough. PE2 2LD.

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