20 February 2014

Members employed by Sheffield Theatres voted this week to accept a two-year pay deal which will govern basic income until March 2016.

Basic pay rates will increase by 1.5 per cent from 1 April 2014, to be followed in 1 April 2015 by a 2  per cent increase. In both pay periods allowances and ancillary payments, including get-out pay, will continue to be paid in accordance with the national UK Theatre (formerly TMA)/BECTU agreement. 

To underline the current funding regime at the venues, management at Sheffield Theatres Trust stated:

"Sheffield Theatres is currently funded by Arts Council England (ACE) as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) to March 2015. 

"In common with all NPOs Sheffield Theatres is currently applying to retain NPO status and funding for a further 3 years from April 2015.  ACE will be announcing its decision in July 2014.  We believe we are applying with a compelling artistic and financial record of achievement and future plans.

"However in the unlikely event that we do not retain our NPO status we will have no alternative but to re-open negotiations for the pay year starting April 2015.

"It is accepted that any agreed pay increases between STT and BECTU will be subject to compliance with nationally agreed minimum rates of pay and the National Minimum Wage."

Sheffield Theatres Trust runs the Crucible, Lyceum and Studio venues in the city.

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