Engineering workers have agreed to a 6% pay deal over three years.
Around 8,600 engineers working in the oil and gas, petro-chemical and energy projects will benefit from the deal – which affects members who are employed under the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI).
Engineers will receive the base rate, overtime, lodge and travel increment increase of 1.5% from January 4 2016. Followed by a 2% rise in January 2017 and the last rise of 2.5% will come into force in January 2018.
Members of Unite and GMB unions voted by 66.8% in favour of the deal.
Bernard McAulay is the Unite National Officer and Secretary of the National Engineering Construction Committee. He said: “This agreement is essential in delivering the next generation of low carbon energy projects across the UK, which are crucial in facilitating the transition of the country’s existing energy source to a low carbon economy by 2030, while providing employment opportunities for the next generation of highly skilled engineering construction workers.”
GMB said the deal, which took 10 months to negotiate, will bring financial stability to the industry and help attract investment for much-needed infrastructure projects in the UK.
David Lewis, Managing Director of Integra People added: “We are pleased to hear that engineers in the energy sector will benefit from a 6% pay increase over three years.
“Hopefully this new pay deal will mean that more engineers and graduates will consider working in the energy sector – therefore providing a stronger workforce for the future and helping to lower the UK’s carbon emissions.”#
Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015