Sectoral Employment Order (SEO)

As you may be aware, in October 2017 a Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) was taken into effect for the Construction Industry.  Employers in the construction industry are now legally obliged to implement the recommendations set out, for all their specified workers, aged between 18 and 65.

– Employers must register all specified workers for Pension, Death in Service and Sick Pay benefits in a pension scheme that meets the standards set out in the Sectoral Employment Order.

– New rates of pay have also been issued for these specified workers

We have attached the Rates of Pay and details of the weekly Pension/Death in Service and Sick Pay contributions applicable.

Please note that the new Sectoral Employment Order has particular implications for construction companies tendering for projects. The onus is on employers to prove that your specified workers are covered under the legislation.  Therefore registration with the Construction Workers Pension Scheme (CWPS) or a similar scheme has become compulsory once again.

The Construction Workers Pension Scheme (CWPS) meets the standards, as set out under the Sectoral Employment Order. It is extremely important that you, as an employer, register your details and that of your employees in order to adhere to these rulings.  Once registered you will have to submit monthly reports/payments (we can arrange this on your behalf).


Category 1 Worker 
General Operatives with more than one year’s experience working in the sector

€17.04 per hour

Category 2 Worker 
Skilled General Operatives:

Scaffolders who hold an Advanced Scaffolding Card and who have four years’ experience
Banksmen, steel fixers, crane drivers and heavy machine operators

€18.36 per hour

Craft Worker 
Bricklayers/stone layers, carpenters and joiners, floor layers, glaziers,
Painters, plasterers, stone cutters, wood machinists, slaters and tilers

€18.93 per hour

New Entrant 
General operatives who are over the age of 18 years and entering the
Sector for the first time.

€13.77 per hour


1st year                                 33.3% of craft rate                         €6.31 per hour
2nd year                                50% of craft rate                            €9.47 per hour
3rd year                                 75% of craft rate                            €14.20 per hour
4th year                                 90% of craft rate                            €17.04 per hour


Monday – Friday

From normal finishing time to midnight                                        Time plus a half    
Midnight to normal starting time                                                      Double time  


First four hours from normal starting time                                    Time plus a half
On Saturday morning                                                                             Double time
All subsequent hours worked


For CWPS contribution rates please click on the following link –

Contact Us

In order to register or if you have any queries regarding the foregoing please do not hesitate to contact our office.