New SEO for electricians and pay increases for construction workers to come in later this year
 

There is currently a Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) for the construction and mechanical engineering building services sector. The terms and conditions of both SEO’s can be downloaded here.

 

Earlier this month Minister Pat Breen formally approved two recommendations from the Labour court which will:

  1. Create a new SEO for the electrical contracting sector
  2. Apply new rates of pay for the construction sector for 2019 and 2020

Both SEOs will now proceed to be considered by the houses of the Oireachtas in the coming weeks and if approved will be adopted into law. The SEO for electricians will come into force on 1 September 2019 and the new pay rates for the construction sector will apply from 1 October 2019 onwards.

 

In response to these new recommendations, the SFA issued a press release expressing its disappointment that this will significantly impact small businesses working in these industries and increase the cost of doing business as well as recruiting and retaining key people in these sectors.  

 

SEO rates for the electrical contracting sector

 

The following hourly rates of pay will apply to the indicated categories of employees who are employed in the electrical contracting sector from 1st September 2019 onwards:

 

Category of worker

Hourly rate from 1 Sep 2019

Category 1 (Newly qualified electricians)

€23.49

Category 2 (qualified electricians employed in the sector with effect from the start of their 3rd year of employment after qualifying as an electrician)

€23.96

Category 3 (Electricians employed in the sector with effect with effect from the start of their 6th year of employment after qualifying as an electrician)

€24.34

Apprentice electrician

Hourly rate from 1 Sep 2019

Apprentice Year 1

€7.05

Apprentice Year 2

€10.57

Apprentice Year 3

€15.27

Apprentice Year 4

€18.80

 

The recommendations also include unsocial hours payments, the terms for the pension and sick pay schemes.

 

New SEO rates for construction sector - 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020

 

Category of worker

Hourly rate

Applies to

Craftspersons

€19.44

Bricklayers/Stone Layers; Carpenters and Joiners; Floor Layers; Glaziers; Painters; Plasterers; Stone Cutters; Wood Machinists; Slaters and Tilers.

Category A worker

€18.86

Scaffolders who hold an Advanced Scaffolding Card and who have four years’ experience; Banks operatives, Steel Fixers; Crane Drivers and Heavy Machine Operators.

Category B worker

€17.50

Skilled General Operatives who have worked in the sector for more than 2 years.

New entrant operative workers

€14.14

To apply for 2 years to new entrant operative workers over the age of 18 years and entering the sector for the first time.

Apprentice electrician

Hourly rate

 

Apprentice Year 1

33.3% of craft rate

50% of craft rate

75% of craft rate

90% of craft rate

Apprentice Year 2

Apprentice Year 3

Apprentice Year 4

 

New SEO rates for construction sector from 1 October 2020 onwards

 

Category of worker

Hourly rate

Applies to

Craftspersons

€19.96

Bricklayers/Stone Layers; Carpenters and Joiners; Floor Layers; Glaziers; Painters; Plasterers; Stone Cutters; Wood Machinists; Slaters and Tilers.

Category A worker

€19.37

Scaffolders who hold an Advanced Scaffolding Card and who have four years’ experience; Banks operatives, Steel Fixers; Crane Drivers and Heavy Machine Operators.

Category B worker

€17.97

Skilled General Operatives who have worked in the sector for more than 2 years.

New entrant operative workers

€14.52

To apply for 2 years to new entrant operative workers over the age of 18 years and entering the sector for the first time.

Apprentice electrician

Hourly rate

 

Apprentice Year 1

33.3% of craft rate

50% of craft rate

75% of craft rate

90% of craft rate

Apprentice Year 2

Apprentice Year 3

Apprentice Year 4

 

For further information on SEOs or other pay issues, please contact Helen Quinn on helen.quinn@sfa.ie or 01 605 1668.

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