New sectoral employment order to be introduced in construction sector

New sectoral employment order to be introduced in construction sector

A new sectoral employment order (SEO) for the construction sector will come into force in September.

The government has accepted the Labour Court’s recommendation for new minimum pay and pension contribution rates for workers in the construction sector.

From 18 September 2023, craftspeople will see their hourly rate increase from €20.52 per hour to €21.49 per hour.

Workers in Category A, including those with an advanced Scaffolding Card and who have four years’ experience such bank operatives, steel fixers, crane drivers and heavy machine operators will receive €20.86 per hour.

Workers in Category B, skilled general operatives with more than two years’ experience, will receive €19.35 per hour.

Neale Richmond, minister of state for employment affairs and retail business, said: “This SEO will make a real difference to workers in the sector not only by increasing rates of pay but also by providing certainty for workers.

“The inclusion of a legally binding disputes procedure will also ensure that any disputes that arise in the sector can be addressed effectively and fairly.

“Apprentices will also benefit from this SEO, with an increase in their legal minimum pay, including time they spend in education.

“Ensuring that our construction industry is strong and dynamic is a priority of the government, as this is crucial to meeting our housing needs. By supporting those workers currently in the industry, as well as ensuring it remains an attractive career for young people, we can ensure that the high standard of talent and skills we have in the industry will remain into the future.”

In accordance with the requirements of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015, Mr Richmond has referred the matter before the Houses of the Oireachtas to seek a resolution approving the making of an order giving effect to the recommendations.

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