BBC raises 2013/14 pay offer by £50

NBH entrance The new proposal of £650 comes two weeks after the first

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The BBC has raised its yearly pay offer by £50, a sum which it hopes will help staff with the 'cost of living this year'.

The new proposal means that all staff on grades 2 to 11 will get a pay rise of £650, instead of the £600 proposed two weeks ago.

The pay offer, which is below inflation for all who earn more than £27,000, would take effect in August. Staff earning above £60,000 would still only get a 1% pay rise.

The deal, which does not apply to senior managers, is short of the unions' demand, made in February, for a pay rise of 3% above inflation.

They are seeking a flat-rate increase of £1200, according to their latest meeting with the BBC about the pay deal.

Bectu, the BBC's largest union, has rejected the latest offer to staff. General secretary Gerry Morrissey said in The Guardian that it's an 'insult to hard-working members of staff'.

A press release on Bectu's website said the extra £50 is 'far too low given the decline in staff pay over years and the current level of inflation'.

'Fair offer'

At the time of tabling the first offer, the BBC argued that a flat-rate increase of £600 was 'a fair offer in what, as we all know, is a very tough economic climate'.

In an email to staff on Wednesday, HR director Lucy Adams said of the new proposal: 'We hope this will go some way to helping people with the cost of living this year.'

She also explained that there has been an adjustment for those with very specific contractual stipulations.

For a minority of people who have both salary progression agreements written into their contracts and UPA on top, these will be kept separate for this year only.

It means that a small number of staff will not miss out on hitting their salary progression targets because UPA has been consolidated into their basic pay.

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