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Sectoral Employment Orders

Sectoral Employment Orders (SEO) covering rates of pay, sick pay, and pensions across the construction sector, the mechanical engineering sector and the electrical sector were signed into legislation following acceptance by the Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, of recommendations from the Labour Court.

The SEOs place a legally binding floor on rates and obligations in the sectors throughout the country.

Construction Sector

With effect from 19 October 2017, the SEO has effect in the Construction Sector. The SEO applies to all Building Firms and Civil Engineering Firms as defined in the order.

The SEO makes it compulsory for Building Firms and Civil Engineering Firms to

  • pay construction workers the rates of pay provided in the order and to
  • provide a pension and sick pay scheme

for the categories of workers as defined in the order.

The SEO also contains a dispute resolution procedure to be utilised in the event of a dispute arising over a term in the order.

S.I. No. 455 of 2017 - Sectoral Employment Order (Construction Sector) 2017

With effect from 1 October 2019, S.I. No 234 of 2019 will have effect in the Construction Sector. The SEO applies to all Building Firms and Civil Engineering Firms as defined in the order.

S.I. No. 234 of 2019 - Sectoral Employment Order (Construction Sector) 2019

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Mechanical Engineering Building Services Contracting Sector

With effect from 6 March 2018, the SEO has effect in the Mechanical Engineering Construction Sector. The SEO applies to the Building Services Contracting Sector as defined in the order.

The SEO makes it compulsory for relevant Contracting Firms to

  • pay workers the rates of pay provided in the order and to
  • provide a pension and sick pay scheme

for the categories of workers as defined in the order.

The SEO also contains a dispute resolution procedure to be utilised in the event of a dispute arising over a term in the order.

S.I. No. 59 of 2018 - Sectoral Employment Order (Mechanical Engineering Building Services Contracting Sector) 2018

Electrical Contracting Sector

With effect from 1 September 2019, the SEO has effect in the Electrical contracting Sector. The SEO applies to the Electrical contracting Sector as defined in the order.

The SEO makes it compulsory for relevant Contracting Firms to

  • pay workers the rates of pay provided in the order and to
  • provide a pension and sick pay scheme

for the categories of workers as defined in the order.

The SEO also contains a dispute resolution procedure to be utilised in the event of a dispute arising over a term in the order.

S.I. No .251 of 2019 - Sectoral Employment Order (Electrical Contracting Sector) 2019

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