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Electrical Contracting Sector

The Sectoral Employment Order SEO (Electrical Contracting Sector) came into effect on 1 September 2019. It sets the statutory minimum rates of pay and other conditions, such as sick pay and pension entitlements, for persons employed in the Electrical Contracting Sector.

Who is covered by the SEO?

There are 3 criteria which decide who is covered:

  1. The employer must operate in the Electrical Contracting Sector
  2. It applies to workers employed directly by a company or through an agency as qualified electricians and registered apprentice electricians working in the sector
  3. Qualified electricians who are employed as chargehands and foremen.

The SEO defines what economic activities place an employer within the Electrical Contracting Sector.

How Workers are classified

Apprentices are workers who are registered as apprentices in accordance with the Industrial Training Act, 1967.

A chargehand is an electrician who is in charge of two but not more than six electricians.

A foreman is an electrician on site who is in charge of more than six electricians.

Electricians Pay

Rates of pay for those employed in the sector:

Category/classification

Rate of Pay

Class of Worker

Category 1

€23.49 per hour

All newly qualified electricians

Category 2

€23.96 per hour

Qualified Electricians with effect from the start of their 3rd year of employment

Category 3

€24.34 per hour

Qualified Electricians with effect from the start of their 6th year of employment

Apprentice Pay Rates

Year 1

€7.05

Year 2

€10.57

Year 3

€15.27

Year 4

€18.80

Overtime rates

Hours worked between normal finishing time and midnight – Monday to Friday

Time plus a half

Hours worked between midnight and normal starting time – Monday to Friday

Double time

First four hours worked after 7am on Saturday

Time plus a half

All other hours worked on Saturday

Double time

All hours worked on Sunday

Double time

All hours worked on Public Holidays

Double time plus an additional day’s leave

Normal Working Week

The “Normal Working Week” is 39 hours worked between Monday and Friday each week.

Normal Daily Working Hours

Day

 

Monday-Thursday

Friday

Normal Start Time

7 am

7 am

Normal Finish Time

5 pm

4 pm

Daily working hours worked between normal start and finish times

8 hours

8 hours

Unsocial Hours

Where a specific project requires different starting times to the Normal Daily Working Hours the following rates should apply:

When starting time is before 1pm

 

8 hours at time plus one quarter

When starting time is after 1pm

 

8 hours at time plus one third

Pensions

Every employer covered by the SEO shall be part of a pension scheme which is in line with the scheme as outlined in the order.

The minimum pension and death in service scheme contribution rates for employers and employees are set at the following levels:

Pension Contribution:

 

Per Week

 

Daily Rate

Employer

 

Max €26.63

€5.32

Employee

 

Max €17.76

€3.52

Total Pension contribution

 

Max €44.39

€8.84

Death in Service Contribution

 

Per Week

 

Daily Rate

Employer

 

Max €1.11

€1.11

Employee

 

Max €1.11

€1.11

Total Death in service contribution

 

Max €2.22

€2.22

Any changes to the rates for the Construction Workers Pension Scheme should be applied to the categories of workers covered by this SEO.

Sick Pay

Every employer employing workers to whom the Order applies must have in place a provision for Sick Pay benefits for each employee covered in the Order which is in line with the Construction Industry Sick pay scheme. Contributions are payable by both employers and employees. The minimum contributions are listed below:

 

Per Week

 

Daily Rate

Employer

 

Max €1.27

€1.27

Employee

 

Max €0.63

€0.63

Total Death in service contribution

 

Max €1.90

€1.90

Any changes to the rates for the Construction Workers Sick Pay Scheme should be applied to the categories of workers covered by this SEO

Dispute Resolution

Where a dispute arises it should be notified to the employer in writing. If the issue is not resolved individuals can take a case for adjudication to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and group or collective disputes can be taken to the Conciliation Service of the WRC.

This page gives a summary of the details contained in S.I. No. 251 of 2019 SECTORAL EMPLOYMENT ORDER (ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING SECTOR) 2019 and is not a legal interpretation.

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