Breakthrough on BTPFS security pay

Telecoms & Financial Services, BT Facilities Services Ltd

Concerted pressure from the CWU has resulted in an all new pay structure being agreed for security staff in BT buildings – at a stroke addressing long-standing union concerns about previously largely non-existent pay progression opportunities.

For some years security guards in non-supervisory roles across the country have been effectively subjected to a Living Wage pay ‘floor and ceiling’ – meaning that the only opportunity for pay rises have arisen when the Real Living Wage is upwardly revised.

While Real Living Wage rise is announced every November, BT Property & Facilities Services (BTPFS)  – which is not formally signed up as a Living Wage employer – applies the increase the following June – meaning that even before today’s announcement security colleagues across the country were already on course to see their hourly pay rates rise from £8.45 to £8.75.

Now, however, some will receive substantially more on account of the new jointly-agreed pay structure that takes into consideration the type of building they work in and the associated skillset they need.

Amongst the biggest winners are security staff at key BT locations across London, whose hourly pay is now set to rise to a minimum of £9.72 in May. (Unfortunately BTPFS has never applied the London Real Living Wage rate of £10.20 to staff working in the capital, but the latest development significantly narrows the gap for those working in higher profile locations).

All security guards potentially stand to benefit in the longer term, however, because the new structure creates opportunities for individuals to progress up a new pay spine – albeit on a performance-related basis – wherever they work in the country.

Full details are set out in BTPFS Briefing 01/2018 which can be viewed here.

Sally concludes: “For the vast majority of our security members the introduction of proper pay structure provides pay progression opportunities that have been non-existent before now.

“It means they move from what were effectively ‘spot rates’ to a situation where every one of them will be able to move up an all-new pay scale.

“For the first time there is a proper definition of the type of building our security members are protecting, reflecting the different responsibilities they hold.

“This breakthrough also starts to redress the quite frankly disgraceful situation where many of our security members working in BT’s key London locations have been paid well below the £10.20 level that the Living Wage Foundation deems the absolute minimum required for decent quality of life in the capital.

“As such it represents real progress on multiple fronts.”