The Working Rule Agreement (WRA) is a crucial document that outlines the terms and conditions of employment for workers in the construction industry in the United Kingdom. As we move into 2021, it`s important to understand what changes and updates have been made to the WRA for the upcoming year.

One of the most significant changes in the 2020/21 WRA is the increase in hourly rates for construction workers. According to the agreement, the hourly rate for general operatives will increase from £9.20 to £9.50, while skilled operatives will see their hourly rate increase from £12.51 to £13.04. This increase is a welcome change for workers who have been hit hard by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another important update in the WRA is an extension of the holiday accrual period. In previous years, workers were required to take their annual leave within 12 months of the entitlement beginning. However, the 2020/21 agreement allows workers to carry over up to four weeks of untaken annual leave into the next leave year. This provides greater flexibility for workers who may have been unable to take their annual leave due to work demands or the pandemic.

The WRA also includes an adjustment to the definition of a “week`s pay” for the purposes of calculating redundancy payments. Under the new agreement, a “week`s pay” will now be based on the average weekly pay that the worker received over the 12 weeks prior to their redundancy. This change provides greater consistency and fairness when calculating redundancy payments.

In addition to these updates, the WRA continues to set out important provisions relating to working hours, breaks, overtime pay, and other key employment matters. Employers and workers are encouraged to review the agreement carefully to ensure they are in compliance with all relevant terms and conditions.

Finally, it`s worth noting that the WRA is a living document that is subject to change. As the construction industry evolves in response to new challenges and opportunities, it`s likely that the agreement will be updated again in the future.

In conclusion, the Working Rule Agreement for 2020/21 brings some important updates and changes for construction workers in the United Kingdom. These changes – including an increase in hourly rates, an extension of the holiday accrual period, and an adjustment to the definition of a “week`s pay” – provide greater flexibility and fairness for workers, while also ensuring compliance with important employment laws and regulations.