This new SEO (legislated for via S.I No 455 of 2017) provides for statutory minimum pay, unsocial hours premiums, pension, death in service benefit and sick pay entitlements for craftsmen, construction operatives and apprentices who are employed in the construction sector.
The SEO sets the rates for different categories of construction workers as follows:
Category 1 Worker: €17.04 per hour
Category 1 Workers are defined as General operatives with more than one year’s experience in the Sector.
Category 2 Worker: €18.36 per hour
Category 2 Workers are defined as Skilled General Operatives, Scaffolders who hold an Advanced Scaffolding Card and who have four years’ experience, Bank Operatives, Steel Fixers, Crane Drivers and Heavy Machine Operators.
Craft Worker: €18.93 per hour
Craft Workers in the following trades: Bricklayers/Stone Layers: Carpenters and Joiners; Floor Layers; Glazers; Painters; Plasterers; Stone Cutters; Wood Machinists; Slaters and Tilers
Year 1: 33.3% of Craft rate
Year 2: 50% of Craft rate
Year 3: 75% of Craft rate
Year 4: 90% of Craft rate
These apprentice rates apply to the following trades: Bricklayers/Stone Layers; Carpenters and Joiners; Floor Layers; Glazers; Painters; Plasterers; Stone Cutters; Wood Machinists; Slaters and Tilers
Entrant Worker: €13.77 per hour
Described as General Operatives over the age of 18, entering the Sector for the first time.
Payments for unsocial hours are as follows:
Monday to Friday normal finishing time to midnight - Time and a half
Monday to Friday midnight to normal start time - Double time
Saturday First four hours working from normal start time - Time and a half
Saturday All subsequent hours until midnight - Double time
Sunday All hours - Double time
All hours worked to be paid at double time plus an additional day’s leave
Pension, Death in Service and Sick Pay Benefits
The SEO includes the provision for a pension and death in service benefit, which will have no less favourable terms than those set out in the Construction Workers Pension Scheme. It references the rates currently in force in the scheme for employer/employee contributions for both pension and death in service benefit. Additionally, it includes a sick pay scheme in line with the Construction Industry Sick Pay scheme and references the current contributions in force by employer/ employees in that scheme.
Thursday, 16 November 2017