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National minimum wage drives increases in UK Theatre pay

16 March 2018

Members covered by BECTU's agreement with UK Theatre have voted strongly to accept a pay review ranging from 3% - 4.7% from 2 April.

In a consultative ballot which closed this week, members voted 90% in favour of the pay offer with 10% voting against. 

New rates

This agreement will see the following increases on current rates: 

  • A 4.7% increase for grades 4 and 5 (bringing pay for those grades in line with the national minimum wage)
  • A 3% increase for grades 1, 2 and 3
  • A 3% increase to meal expenses, allowances for touring and absence from base, overnight per diem, long stay/tour allowance and to the call outs rate. 

Talks will continue to overhaul the collective agreement. 

Members should login for the minimum rates schedule for 2018-19.

The union's negotiating team had recommended acceptance of management's offer, which was heavily influenced by the statutory rise in the national minimum wage. The union had claimed a 4% across the board increase.

"The priority for our team now is to focus on modernising the agreement" explained assistant national secretary, Helen Ryan. Ultimately BECTU wants to secure a base payment of the real Living Wage within an agreement which reflects the needs of today's theatres and their workforce. 

Plan for new pay and grading structure

In line with the agreement to continue talks, BECTU is preparing to present a new pay and grading structure to UK Theatre next month, drawing on a range of information including feedback in the pay survey which ran in December/January.

Several theatres covered by the UK Theatre agreement also have house agreements which build on the minimum terms set out in the national agreement. BECTU officials will be approaching management at those sites to seek an uplift in rates consistent with changes to the minimum rates. 

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