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2015 BT pay review

BT pay review 2015

This page contains detail of the Prospect pay agreement in BT for 2015.

The agreement for 2015, in summary, is for a 2.5% increase in the pay bill on 1 June distributed via matrices (one for each benefit band in the RF), plus an equal pay review with effect from 1 January 2016. Pay-related allowances (shift and on-call) will also increase by 2.5% from 1 June.

This agreement follows the terms of the three year agreement we made in 2014.

In 2014 members strongly endorsed a three year pay agreement in a pay ballot. That agreement included a review clause, under which should inflation as measured by RPI in February fall below 2% or go above 3%, both sides would review the agreed 2.5% quantum applicable each year (2015 and 2016). Inflation as measured by the RPI fell to 1% in February 2015, so the review clause was triggered. Nevertheless, we have reached an agreement with BT to increase pay bill this year by the originally agreed 2.5%, to apply with effect from 1 June 2015. There will also be an Equal pay review with effect from 1 January 2016 on much the same basis as in January 2015. 

Full details of the agreement are available on this page of the union’s web site. On this page you will be able to access the following documents by going to the box on the right-hand side of the page:

  • The company’s offer letter
  • The matrices to apply for 2015
  • The revised pay ranges to apply from 1 June. These ranges will apply in advance of the 1 June review, so if the range you are mapped to has been increased, that could have the effect of moving you to a lower quarter in your pay range, resulting in a potentially higher increase in your pay. To access the revised pay ranges, you will need to be logged into the web site as a member.  
  • The agreed guidance document setting out in detail how the company will implement the 2015 pay review. We draw your attention to the guidance on page 7 of the BT guidance document, relating to the application of the matrices, particularly in relation to those with a DN mark. Although the DN boxes in the matrices begin with ‘up to’ that does NOT mean that the default is for a 0% increase, as you can see from the guidance.
  • Our annual ‘look-up’ facility, which enables you to input your role code and salary to see where you sit in your pay range - that is, which quarter of your pay range you are in, so that you can see which matrix column applies to you.

As this agreement gives effect to the terms agreed to and balloted on last year, we do not propose to ballot members on this offer on this occasion. The three year agreement was supported heavily by members in the pay ballot last year, by some 9 to 1 in a 60% turnout, and this latest agreement just gives effect to the second year of that agreement.

The Equal Pay Review in the late Autumn of 2015, should result in further increases for those very low in their pay ranges, with effect from 1 January 2016. We will of course communicate about that review in due course, in the usual way.

With inflation currently at 0.9% as measured by the Retail Prices Index, we believe this is a very positive outcome which will result in the vast majority of members receiving an increase at least in line with, and in many cases ahead of, the current rate of inflation. The agreement reflects well on the union and its bargaining strength – which comes from high and growing membership in BT.