The National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI)
The National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI) sets comprehensive terms and conditions of employment for hourly-paid engineering construction workers on major and basic engineering construction projects, repair and maintenance sites and events / outages throughout the UK.
The signatories to the NAECI are:
Together, the signatory parties form the National Joint Council for the Engineering Construction Industry (NJC), which oversees the operation of the NAECI and undertakes periodic reviews of rates and other terms and conditions.
The NAECI has been in existence for nearly 40 years and details of the current edition for 2022 – 2023 can be found below.
About the National Joint Council
The National Joint Council for the Engineering Construction Industry (NJC) is a partnership between trade unions and employers. It reviews and administers the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry – sometimes referred to as the ‘Blue Book’, or the NAECI.
The NJC’s objectivity, authority and independence foster cohesive working relationships. The same qualities equip it to play a constructive role as the industry meets the challenges of the future.
The partnership promotes improvements in working practice and culture. The creation of new, inclusive alliances is vital to the attainment of greater efficiency. By extending the scope and effectiveness of partnership within the industry, the NJC seeks to secure long-term prosperity for clients, contractors and workforce alike.
A thriving UK engineering construction industry largely depends on client competitiveness. The NJC is firmly focused on assisting contractors and trade unions in their drive towards providing clients with a unified, cohesive and cost-effective service. Able to prevent, or rapidly resolve, workplace problems on behalf of clients, the NJC can also assist the process of change undertaken by clients to achieve continuous improvement in quality, reliability, safety and efficiency.
The NJCECI is composed equally of representatives of the employers’ associations and two trade unions detailed above, who are signatory to the NAECI, under an independent Chairman.
These unions form the National Engineering Construction Committee (NECC) which achieves a single trade union voice.
The structure of membership and the constitution of the NJCECI provide the essentials of a single table agreement and create the standards setting authority for good practice. Continuous improvement in standards has had a positive impact on the safety and welfare conditions of the workforce; and it continues to have a major impact on the performance of the engineering construction industry.
NAECI 2022-2023 Printed Booklet & Costs
National Agreement Booklet
The 2022-2023 NAECI will be available by post in December 2021. As we did in 2019, there will be preferential cost reductions for those ordering first. To take advantage of the Early Bird offer, please order as soon as possible but no later than Friday 3rd December. The full cost of a NAECI booklet is £10 but they will be available to order on the Early Bird basis as follows:
£4 per copy plus postage
£6 for two copies plus postage
£10 for four copies plus postage
Orders greater than four copies, £2.50 per booklet
VAT does not apply.
Postage & Packing
The NAECI 2022 – 2023 booklets will be posted 2nd class with 1st class postage rates on request.
Postage for more than 10 books on application
You can pay by electronic bank transfer or BACs (whichever applies) quoting reference ‘NAECI Book’ to :
NatWest Account Number 24795585,
Sort Code 60-40-02, Account Name NJCECI
You can also pay via Paypal using the following link: paypal.me/njceci.
Alternatively, payment can be made by cheque or postal order, made payable to ‘NJCECI’. Please send your order with payment to:
266-270 Regent Street
London W1B 3AH
Queries regarding NAECI Booklet purchases can be made to the NJC Office by telephone 020 7734 0244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NAECI 2019-2020 PDF Download
A new two year deal was successfully concluded in November 2018 and NJC Communique 13(18) gives full details of the settlement and rate and allowance increases for the 2019 – 2020 period. The new NAECI 2019 – 2020 reflects these changes and is available in PDF format as a free download below.
In late 2019 the NJC agreed a Working Party recommendation to expand NAECI 3.1(b), regarding efficient use of working hours. The PDF version of the NAECI 2019-2020 has been updated to include this change and is available as v3 to download below. An NJC Guidance Note which supplements this new amended section is available to download here.
Also included in NAECI 2019-2020 v3 is an update to NAECI 10.3.1(c) on Euroleave holiday pay calculation following a change in the law from 6th April 2020. NJC Guidance Note (18)01 has also been updated to reflect this and is available to download here.
It should be noted that in all instances the current online version of the NAECI 2019 – 2020 takes precedence over the originally printed hard copy version.
NAECI Part 4: Forms
Model health screening form and guidance for night workers (Working Time Regulations)82.83 KB
Central to the success of the National Agreement is a highly effective, widely respected procedure for the prevention and resolution of issues at site level. Where, exceptionally, resolution is not achieved at site level, there is swift recourse to national level for a final and binding decision.
To assist with further clarity and ease of use of the NAECI, its Procedures and processes, helpful Guidance Notes which are agreed by the NJC are issued as and when required.
NJC Guidance Note (13)01 - Site Transport to and from the Car Park and Welfare Village134.42 KB
NAECI Productivity Enablers
The key objective of the NAECI is to continue to supply a modern, robust and “fit for purpose” national employment relations structure that:
- Enables UK engineering construction industry employers and clients to remain globally competitive
- Provides attractive terms and conditions and greater security of employment for a competent, motivated productive and competitive industry workforce; and
- Establishes a sound foundation for further improvements to industry productivity
Throughout the NAECI there are a number of tools and enablers with which can be used by the stakeholders to achieve these objectives and they have been brought together in a single paper for easy reference. The paper can be downloaded here.