CBRE pay offer worth a minimum of 8% out to ballot with strong vote ‘YES’ recommendation  

Telecoms & Financial Services


Members in CBRE are being urged to accept a CWU-brokered pay deal which delivers minimum base pay rises of 8% to engineers, fabric technicians, grounds maintenance staff, helpdesk advisers and multi-skilled hosts working on the outsourced facilities services provider’s BT contract.

Electronic voting forms were emailed to all CWU members covered by the company’s ‘full and final’ offer yesterday (Wednesday) – with members now having two weeks to decide whether to accept the proposed 2023 pay settlement that emerged at the culmination of intensive negotiations.

The 8% base pay offer is linked with an uplift in the minimum salary on CBRE’s BT account from £22,000 to £24,100 (FTE) – an increase of just over 9.55% – with CWU-represented grade employees receiving whichever is greater for them.

In addition, as a direct outcome of a clause negotiated by the CWU in last year’s pay agreement, a review has taken place of engineering salaries – with the company agreeing to introduce a minimum salary for reach role, with any members currently sitting below this amount being immediately uplifted.

“This will reduce the wide ranges in salary currently seen, and will also ensure that those members who are at the bottom of the pay scale are uplifted to a salary that is closer to the average rate and also the external market,” explains CWU national officer Tracey Fussey.

“As a result, 77 employees will receive an uplift in basic salary of between 1% and 15% before the 8% increase is even applied – with the majority receiving between 3% and 9% on top of the 2023 pay deal as a result of this welcome hangover from last year’s pay settlement.”

Further details of the intricate deal that is now out to ballot are contained in CWU Members’ Bulletin No.109/2023 – but other highlights include an immediate increase in engineering standby payments from £135 a week to £155 per week, with a further increase to £160 a week from December 2023, along with a commitment to review this payment on an annual basis in future.

“The company has also agreed to ongoing discussions with the union over the introduction of an additional allowance for colleagues who act as ‘Authorised Person’ or ‘Senior Authorised Person’ in relation to their specific role and skillset,” Tracey continues.

“We will continue to discuss the detail of how this will be implemented and what the remuneration will be for members who take on this role.”

Commenting on the overall package – the headline pay elements of which will apply from this month if ratified by members in the consultative exercise that is now underway – Tracey concludes: “The CWU National Team believes this offer stacks up extremely well against the prevailing level of pay settlements across the UK economy, and that it is certainly the very best that can be achieved by negotiation.

“As such, we wholeheartedly recommend member to vote ‘YES’ to accept the deal,”

Members in CBRE should check their inboxes for the e-ballot voting forms that were dispatched yesterday. The poll will close at noon on Wednesday June 28, with the result being announced later that day.