Higher Pay announced for Construction workers

Great News for the Construction Industry

From the beginning of February, a new minimum pay rate will be introduced for workers in the construction sector. Meaning workers will be paid a higher rate for their hard work.

More than 50,000 construction workers will benefit from this pay increase which will run into effect following an application to the court by trade unions for a review of pay.

According to the Sectoral Employment Orders (SEO), Currently, a craftsperson is paid at least 19.96 per hour, and according to the new scales, a craftsperson will be paid at least €20.52 per hour from next February, increasing to €21.09 an hour from February 1st, 2023.

A “category A” worker – such as a heavy machine operator or scaffolder with four years’ experience is currently being paid at least 19.37 an hour and according to the new scales they must be paid at least €19.91 per hour, increasing to €20.47 from February 2023.

A “category B” worker – or skilled general operative with more than two years’ experience – is currently being paid 17.97 per hour and under the new pay scales will be paid a minimum of €18.47, going up to €18.99.

Apprentices will be entitled to 33 percent of the craft rates in the first year, 50 percent in their second, 75 percent in their third, and 90 percent in their fourth.

The Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English has said the new rates were “an important step on securing stability and growth” in the construction sector.

This is excellent news for the construction industry and gives workers an incentive to stay and join the construction workforce.