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Wage boost for construction apprentices and trainees

Young adult operatives and all apprentices and trainees will benefit from a 3 per cent rise in hourly wages as of 30 June 2014, after a deal was agreed by the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council.

BATJIC agreed the two-year pay deal following negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders members and Unite.

In recognition of the current skills gaps in the market, the 2014 agreement will be followed by a further 3 per cent rise in June 2015. Hourly skills rates will also rise by 3 per cent for each year of the deal. 

Small builders with the FMB will pay their staff a 2.5 per cent rise in pay from June.

The deal involves variable wage rises for the standard wage rates averaging 2.5 per cent from 30 June, with a further average rise of 3 per cent from 29 June 2015.

Annual holiday entitlement will increase by one day, as of 29 June 2015, from 21 days to 22 days, excluding public holidays.

FMB chief executive Brian Berry said: “This deal reflects the cautious optimism and the desire for long term stability now present in the industry. The construction sector is finally seeing consistent growth for the first time in five years. Yet, this growth is from a very low base and remains relatively constrained for many of our members.” 

He added: “However, our members are now looking to the future with expectations of growing workloads. Therefore, it is right that, after some difficult years, this agreement recognises this with a significant pay increase for hard-working employees. The two year nature of the deal will provide certainty and reassurance for employers and employees alike.”

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