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Pay rises agreed for building services workers

09 August 2018

Agreement has been reached for wage increases for the employees of building services providers, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Salaries for staff in all areas of the sector will receive an hourly rate increase of 2.5% in October this year, followed by a rise of 2.75% from October 2019.

The increases were agreed between the BESA, representing employers, and the trade union Unite.

It is the second phase of a four-year national operative wage settlement that ran from October 2016 and ends next month, including agreement for an additional day of paid annual holiday from February 2020.

Describing the latest discussion as "positive and constructive", BESA and Unite have also stated their commitment to continue to engage in dialogue to address issues such as skills shortages and the need to increase numbers of apprenticeships.

BESA head of employment affairs Paula Samuels said the efforts of both sides have "allowed us to reach a conclusion that is fair and in the interests of both the employers and the operators, who provide the skills that are vital to our industry and its clients".

The results had helped to address concern over the collapse of Carillion and Brexit, said Ms Samuels.

BESA president and chief negotiator Tim Hopkinson said: "This is an extremely challenging time for employers in our sector, which makes planning for the future a very tricky exercise.

"However, we also have solid grounds for optimism. There is growing demand for our specialist skills and expertise as the UK embarks on an ambitious infrastructure programme and seeks to upgrade its commercial and residential building stock.

"It is extremely helpful, therefore, to be able to conclude these important negotiations positively so everyone can look to the future," he added.

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