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Offshore crafts face cut in pay

PAY RATES for self-employed workers in the offshore contracting industry are set to fall following recommendations from the Offshore Contractors' Association.

More than 1,500 workers could be affected by the move, which has been prompted by a decline in oil prices.

Association chief executive Iain Bell said: 'Current economic conditions are such that all costs have to be minimised if the industry is to have a future.

'A major cost is employment rates for individuals who prefer to work for member companies as self-employed or agency personnel.

'Individuals employed on this basis are well aware that they are in positions where rates can go down as well as up.

'After reviewing the situation we have issued a non-binding recommendation to our members recommending a rate reduction, reflecting a continuing fall in demand for these individual services. Potentially around 1,500 personnel could be affected.'

Mr Bell said further rate cuts might be 'discussed' if the industry continued to decline.