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Electrical Contracting Sector

The Sectoral Employment Order (Electrical Contracting Sector) 2021 (SEO) comes into effect on 01 February 2022. This sets the statutory minimum rates of pay and other conditions (including sick pay and pension entitlements) for persons employed in the electrical contracting sector.

Who is covered by the SEO
  1. The employer must operate in the electrical contracting sector as defined in the SEO.
  2. It applies to workers employed in the sector as qualified electricians and registered apprentice electricians.
  3. Qualified electricians who are employed as chargehands and foremen should also come within the scope of the Order.

The SEO applies to workers (as identified above) directly employed or employed through an employment agency within the meaning of the Employment Agency Act 1971 and or the Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Act 2012.

The SEO defines the activities that place an employer within the electrical contracting sector and also, what experience and qualifications place a worker in a particular employee class.  Click on this link for further information regarding the SEO for electrical contracting sector.

Who is not covered by the SEO
  1. Employees in state and semi-state companies who are engaged in similar activities and are covered by other agreements.
  2. Electricians and apprentices employed directly by manufacturing companies for the maintenance of those companies’ plant.
How workers are classified

Category

Description

Apprentice

Undergoing an apprenticeship in accordance with the Industrial Training Act, 1967

 

Chargehand

A qualified Electrician in charge of two but not more than six electricians

Foreman

An Electrician on site in charge of more than six electricians.

Category 1 Worker

Newly qualified Electricians employed in the sector

Category 2 Worker

Qualified Electricians who have worked in the sector with effect from the commencement of their 3rd year of employment after qualification as an Electrician

Category 3 Worker

Qualified Electricians who have worked in the sector with effect from the commencement of their 6th year of employment after qualification as an Electrician

 

Workers pay
Basic hourly rates of pay - 1 February 2022 to 31 January 2023

Category/Classification

Rate of Pay

Class of Worker

Category 1 Worker

€24.14 per hour

Qualified Electrician- First year out of time

Category 2 Worker

€24.63 per hour

Qualified Electrician- Third year out of time

Category 3 Worker

€25.02 per hour

Qualified Electrician- Sixth year out of time

The SEO sets the minimum hourly rates for workers but this does not prevent an employer paying a higher rate of pay than defined in the SEO.

Apprentice Pay Rates – 1 February 2022 to 31 January 2023

Year 1

 

€8.45

35% of Category 1 Rate

Year 2

 

€10.86

45% of Category 1 Rate

Year 3

 

€15.69

65% of Category 1 Rate

Year 4

 

€19.31

80% of Category 1 Rate

Basic hourly rates of pay from 1 February 2023

Category/Classification

Rate of Pay

Class of Worker

Category 1 Worker

€24.81 per hour

Qualified Electrician- First year out of time

Category 2 Worker

€25.31 per hour

Qualified Electrician- Third year out of time

Category 3 Worker

€25.72 per hour

Qualified Electrician- Sixth year out of time

The SEO sets the minimum hourly rates for workers but this does not prevent an employer paying a higher rate of pay than defined in the SEO.

Apprentice Pay Rates – from 1 February 2023

Year 1

 

€8.68

35% of Category 1 Rate

Year 2

 

€11.16

45% of Category 1 Rate

Year 3

 

€16.13

65% of Category 1 Rate

Year 4

 

€19.85

80% of Category 1 Rate

Pay Rates: Unsocial working hours

Monday - Friday from normal finishing time to midnight

time plus a half

Monday – Friday from midnight to normal starting time

double time

Saturday (1) First four hours from 7am

time plus a half

Saturday (2) All subsequent hours till midnight

double time

Sunday - all hours worked

double time

Public Holiday - all hours worked

double time plus an additional day’s leave

 

Normal Working Time

The normal working week consists of 39 hours worked between Monday and Friday each week.

Normal daily working hours

Day

Monday - Thursday

Friday

Normal Weekday Start Time

7 am

7 am

Normal Weekday Finish Time

5pm

4pm

Normal daily working hours worked between normal start and finish times

8 consecutive hours

7 consecutive hours

 

Hours worked outside these hours are unsocial working hours and attract a premium payment.  See rates for unsocial working hours as noted above.

Pensions

Every employer employing workers to whom the Order applies must have in place a pension scheme that provides pension benefits for each employee covered in the Order.  Full details of the scheme can be found at Appendix 1 of the SEO.

Pension Contributions
From 1 February 2022

 

Per Week

Daily Rate

Employer

€28.65

€5.73

Employee (Worker)

€19.10

€3.82

Total Pension contribution

€47.75

€9.55

From 1 February 2023

 

Per Week

Daily Rate

Employer

€29.22

€5.84

Employee (Worker)

€19.50

€3.90

Total Pension contribution

€48.70

€9.74

Death in service contribution

 

Per Week

Employer

€1.17

Employee (Worker)

€1.17

Total death in service contribution

€2.34

Sick Pay

Every employer employing workers to whom the Order applies must have in place a sick pay scheme for each employee covered in the Order. The Scheme shall be independently administered and monitored and can be part of or separate to the pension scheme. 

Contributions to a scheme are as follows:

 

Per Week

Employer

€1.27

Employee (Worker)

€0.63

Total death in service contribution

€1.90

It must provide for the following benefits:

  • Payment of an adequate sick pay benefit for a specified duration.
  • May include an initial eligibility condition to be satisfied.
  • Once any initial eligibility condition is satisfied, the employee remains fully covered on any transfer to a new employer and shall not have to repeat any eligibility condition.
  • Benefits shall be in addition to any sickness, illness or invalidity benefits payable by the State through the social insurance system.

This list is not exhaustive. Full details are contained in Appendix 1 of the Order.

Dispute Resolution

Where there is a dispute between workers to whom this SEO relates and their employers no strike or lock-out, or other form of industrial action shall take place until the following procedures have been complied with.  All sides are obliged to fully comply with the terms of the dispute procedure.

Where a dispute arises, it should be notified to the employer or their representative organisation in writing.  The employer is required to respond within 5 working days.  If the dispute is not resolved individuals can refer a case for adjudication to the Workplace Relations Commission and group or collective disputes can be referred to the Conciliation Service of the WRC.

This page gives a summary of the details contained in S.I. No. 703/2021 - Sectoral Employment Order (Electrical Contracting Sector) 2021 and is not a legal interpretation.