Basic 15p an hour increase will take effect on 21 June

Construction workers employed by small and medium-sized businesses have secured a 1.5% pay rise. 

The deal was struck between the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and Unite the Union. It will see the adult general operative rate increase from £10.07 to £10.22 an hour, while the the NVQ3 advanced craft rate increases to £13.37 an hour from £13.17.

The changes come into effect on 21 June 2021 for the 2021/22 financial year.

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The adult general operative rate increases to £10.22 an hour

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said the deal looked to balance the uncertainty that businesses are still facing while rewarding a workforce that has kept going through the pandemic.

He said: “2020 was an unprecedented and challenging year for small to medium-sized building firms. I hope this pay increase sends a positive message to tradespeople, and potential new entrants, that construction is a sustainable and rewarding industry to work in.”

Jerry Swain, national officer for construction at Unite the union, said: “Unite understands these are uncertain times we are currently living through and also recognises that – unlike other construction agreements – last year there was an increase in the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council pay rates.”

He added: “While of course Unite would have liked to have seen a larger increase, we are pleased to be able to say that, during this pandemic, we have maintained the spending power of our members’ pay under this agreement.”