§ Mr. Skinner
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the categories of workers and professions with annual service increments.
Industry Categories of Worker Duration Merchant Navy … … Ratings … … … … Five year scale (subject to efficient service). Post Office … … … Postmen higher grade … … Seven-year scale. Certain engineering grades … Four-year scale. Civil Air Transport … … Certain engineering and maintenance grades. Three-year scale. Prison Services … … … All grades … … … Three to nine year scales according to grade.
Comprehensive information is not available about the conditions of service of non-manual workers. The salaries of such workers in the private sector are not usually determined by national agreements but are commonly the outcome of arrangements at individual establishments. However there are nationally agreed age-scale for certain workers such as engineering draughtsmen. There are also one or two other national agreements which provide for up to five annual increments for office workers over 21 years of age.
In the public sector it is usual for office workers in the basic grades to be on age-scales, often extending beyond 21 years of age. There are also incremental progressions for mature recruits to the basic grades and also for workers promoted to higher grades.
MODAL RANGES OF SHIFT PREMIA FOR MANUAL WORKERS IN A SELECTION OF ABOUT 100 MAJOR AGREEMENTS Premia expressed as percentage of basic rate Premia expressed in sterling Shift Modal range Percentage Agreements in modal range Number Modal range d. per hour Agreements in modal range Number Double-day … … … 17.0–20.0 4 out of 11 6.0–9.0 6 out of 13 Three-shift … … … 19.0–21.5 4 out of 11 8.5–12.0 8 out of 17 Alternating two-shift … (a) (a) 6.5–8.5 5 out of 12 Night work only … … 25.0 17 out of 40 8.0–12.0 4 out of 9 (a) Only four instances, each of a different premium, occur (i.e., 12.5, 16.3, 33.3 and 50.0 per cent. respectively). Source: DEP, Time Rates of Wages and Hours of Work, April 1970