the media and entertainment union
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27 April 2012

Permanent and casual staff at the Birmingham Hippodrome are to receive a 2.5 per cent pay increase this month.

The increase will be backdated to 1 April 2012 after members voted unanimously to accept the pay review earlier this month.

This year's review has also agreed improvements to holiday entitlement and to pension provision for the theatre's staff. Management has also confirmed that staff will benefit from the additional bank holiday this year, on Tuesday 5 June, to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Writing to staff earlier this week management confirmed:

  • An increase to pay of 2.5 per cent from 1 April. This will be paid to permanent staff in the April payroll and casual staff will have the increase backdated by 27 April.
  • An increase in holiday entitlement effective April 2012. 

"Permanent employees will have a holiday entitlement from their start date of five weeks plus eight bank holidays which will increase to six weeks plus eight bank holidays at five years service.  Please note that this supercedes the previous holiday entitlement which was four weeks rising by one day per annum to a maximum of six weeks after ten years service. Employees working less than five days per week will have an entitlement to the eight bank holidays on a pro-rata basis." said the management statement.

Pension provision

In a further improvement to terms and conditions there will be a new entry contribution rate of  2 per cent to the Hippodrome’s pension scheme to encourage take-up. 

The Theatre Trust operates a group personal pension scheme which is open to permanently contracted members of staff who have completed their probation period and who are over 18 years of age.  It is a contributory scheme with a matching contribution from the Theatre Trust. 

In future employees can make contributions at  2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 per cent of income.

Mick Corfield, national official, welcomed the return of a 'positive relationship' at the Hippodrome.