Update on CIJC Working Rule Agreement


Earlier this year employers representatives on the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) agreed not to engage in pay negotiations for 2020/21 due to the commercial impact of COVID-19 on the sector, and the economic uncertainty that this has created for employers . As a result of this decision the 2019/20 rates remain current as previously advised. Employers representatives have now completed their discussions with the trade unions and the union’s view on the position was noted. We will provide further updates where necessary.



In our news item below originally published on 15 June 2020, the NAS mentioned that a further assessment of the Working Rule Agreement would be undertaken in September by the CIJC. The CIJC, which the NAS sits on, has informed the unions that pay negotiations will not recommence this year while we await the true impact of Coronavirus. It is anticipated that negotiations will start again next year, and back dating claims is highly unlikely.



The CIJC Working Rule Agreement, its pay and conditions, would normally have been reviewed at the end of June 2020. In April 2020, all parties to the Agreement agreed to postpone the start of any review discussions, given the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented effects this was having on employers, operatives and the industry across the UK.

Whilst work on many construction sites is restarting, the overall impact on the construction industry remains variable in different parts of the country.  As a result, the member trade associations of the CIJC, representing employees covered by the CIJC, have decided this week to extend the postponement of pay negotiations until September, when a further assessment will be undertaken. This decision has not been supported by the trade unions and we await their formal response.

Parties to the CIJC Working Rule Agreement remain in regular contact to monitor progress as the industry moves forwards from the emergency to better understand any ongoing impact on employers and operatives.  In the meantime, all rates and allowances as detailed in the CIJC Agreement dated 1 August 2018 will continue to apply.

The full Working Rule Agreement can be found in the Downloads section of our Members Area.