The changes happening in the electrical trade

Three decades within the electrical industry has taught us much and we are still learning today. Since technical issues are constantly evolving, we have to keep coming up with newer and more effective methods to solve the problem. With services available throughout Staffordshire, our electricians can help everyone in the area with an approach designed around their particular needs.

The pay for those in the electrical industry is set to rise by 10.25% over the next four years between 2017 and 2020, with the new rates planning to take effect in January 2017. This has come about as the result of extensive negotiations between the trade union Unite and the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA). It is the first time that an agreement such as this has happened between the two bodies.

Many key changes are due to be implemented, including a 2% wage increase in 2017, 2.5% for 2018, 2.75% in 2019 and finally a 3% rise come 2020. Also planned to come into affect during this time is an annual holiday increase to 23 days in 2019 and 24 in 2020. Normal earning levels will be paid during these additional days. The introduction of a new mileage allowance and mileage rate are planned to replace travelling time and travel allowance as well, with this being subject to HMRC acceptance.

Many are pleased with the outcome of the negotiations. Having this four-year settlement gives the ECA and Unite the opportunity to generate agreements on wider scale, focusing on more long-term changes. These types of change are vital to modernise the industry and improve standards.

At Q-Energy we constantly strive to produce results of a high standard and this is proven by our membership with the NICEIC. Our electricians can carry out a multitude of service types within strict deadlines to make sure that our customers are completely satisfied. We work within all sectors and will always strive to offer the best standard of service for the most cost effective price.