BBC staff agree three-year pay deal

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by Simon Austin

BBC staff have voted to accept a new pay deal that will see them get a wage increase of 2% in 2017/18, 2% in 2018/19 and at least 2.5% in 2019/20.

Union leaders said the backdated deal would include an increase in minimum salary from £15,687 to £20,000 as of August, increased sick pay and wellbeing arrangements, and a more transparent pay structure.

The proposals were agreed earlier this year following all-night negotiations involving management and three unions at the conciliation service ACAS. 59% of NUJ members voted to accept the proposals; members of the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union backed the deal with 77% support.

NUJ general secretary, Michelle Stanistreet, said: “It’s now time for the BBC’s commitments to better working conditions and greater work-life balance to be put into action.

“The new pay structure still requires collective effort to make it work, but it is a structure that will provide greater transparency and assist in holding the BBC to account on pay parity now and in the future.”

Anne Bulford, BBC deputy director-general, said the “simple, fair and consistent proposals” would “benefit staff, the BBC, and most importantly the audiences we serve”.