The pay increase next month may be less than the government's 1.5% public sector ceiling, and is likely to be between 1% and 2%. The Fire Brigades Union was threatening to take action to retain the formula that links firefighters's earnings to the upper quartile of male manual workers, based on the annual New Earnings Survey. The survey, published yesterday, showed a 2.3% increase for this group for the year to April. The paper reports a spokesman for employers as saying that it was good news that this figure was so close to the government's pay limit.
The firefighters' pay formula also takes into account earnings movements from April to November, and an annual survey of firefighters' earnings.