ELECTRICIANS are being offered a 14 per cent pay rise over the next three years, which will bump up basic pay rates to £12.58 an hour by 2007.
The deal was put forward by employers from the Electrical Contractors Association and its Scottish version Select last week under the banner of the Joint Industry Board.
The negotiating team from electrical and engineering union Amicus has already put the offer to its committee of national shop stewards, who unanimously backed the deal.
More than 40,000 sparks will now get the chance to vote on the offer as letters are sent out detailing proposed new pay rates.
Amicus national officer Paul Corby said: 'This would be by far the best agreement in the industry and offers the best construction rates by far.
'We have voted to recommend it and it is now in the hands of our members and will go out to ballot.
'If you look at other deals in the industry, building and civil engineering operatives will get £9 an hour in 2006 and the heating and ventilating deal for senior craftspeople is £10.90 an hour by 2007.
'Our national people will be on £12.58 and those in London would get an hourly rate of £14.09 which is a 16 per cent increase over three years.'
The deal also forms the starting point for the Major Projects Agreement which was recently adopted at Heathrow's T5 and is designed to cover pay and conditions on mega-projects.
Mr Corby said proposed increases in the general agreement would have a knock-on effect of pushing hourly rates up to more than £17 under the MPA.
Travel allowances will also rise in line with the pay increase percentages, and a joint union and employers' team has been set up to meet the Inland Revenue to discuss improvements to current lodging allowances.
Alex Meikle, ECA head of employee relations, said: 'We believe it is a fair and reasonable agreement for both sides of the industry.'