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  For the Plumbing Industry in Scotland and Northern Ireland
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SNIJIB National Working Rules:

The National Working Rules are the collective agreement between SNIPEF and Unite the Union which contain the Rules for the Plumbing Industry. Included in the National Working Rules are:

  • Working Rules- the terms and conditions of employment for the Plumbing Industry
  • Scheme of Grading Definitions and Conditions- being an Industry recognised tradesman
  • Industry Holiday and Sick Pay Scheme- Industry recognised number of holidays and sickness pay
  • Apprentice Training Scheme- Employer and employee terms and conditions of agreement

National Working Rule 27: Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) Gas Course Training and Assessment

Rule 27 states that employees who are due to complete the Accredited Certification Scheme for gas course training and assessment must sign the recognised agreement in order that their employer will meet the costs. For the recognised agreement click here.

An employee who then leaves within a period of 3 years of completing the training and assessment or is dismissed for gross misconduct, is obligated to repay a percentage of the costs in accordance with the agreed SNIJIB repayment table.

SNIJIB Promulgations:

All agreed variations to any Rules are on the website and labelled by their number. Variations can include the description of a Rule or the rates applicable. See the list of downloads to the right.

SNIJIB Wage Agreement:

The current graded wage rates and allowances are available for everyone in the Plumbing Industry to see. The rates for allowances include lodging, responsibility money, minimum mileage and welding supplements.

Current Scottish & Northern Ireland graded wage rates are here

In Scotland the graded wage rates and allowances will increase by 2.5% from Monday 6 July 2019.

In Northern Ireland the graded rates of wages and allowances will increase by 3.3% from Monday 6 July 2019.

The Industry receives 6 months advised notice of any change to the rates to enable employers and employees to plan ahead. The current graded wage rates and allowances were issued 3 January 2019. This is a 2 year wage agreement starting in July 2019 and running to July 2021.

Apprentice Wage Rates:

There are occassions where the National Minimum and National Living Wage will be higher than the SNIJIB apprentice wage rates and vice versa. An apprentice must recieve the higher of either which is applicable to their age and their year of apprenticeship (ie. 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th year).

For further information on Scottish apprentice wage rates, you can view SNIPEF Training Services documents here.

Industry Sick Pay Scheme:

Information regarding the Scheme is in the National Working Rules, Industry Sick Pay Scheme, Section 2  here.

Industry Sick Pay is paid at the same time as Statutory Sick Pay. Please see below the weekly Industry Sick Pay rates:

 

Operative

Industry Sick Pay Rate (weekly)

Apprentice 1st year

£0            (SSP only)

Apprentice 2nd year

£0            (SSP only)

Apprentice 3rd year

£48.45

Apprentice 4th year

£62.55

Tradesman

£94.15

Director/Partner/Owner

£94.15 (+ £250 for 12 weeks and then £150 for 16 weeks)

 

Industry Pension Scheme

Employers with newly recruited employees receive a mimimum of 7.5% employer pension contribution where an employee has 3.75%

Full information regarding pension provision is in the National Working Rules, Rule 19 Industry Pension Scheme and death in service, here.

Industry Death in Service

Employers with newly recruited employees provide death-in-service cover equal to 2 times earnings.

Redundancy:

The redundancy guide here explains how to calculate redundancy payments, notice and holiday accrual. The statutory ready reckoner here helps you calculate redundancy payments as this is dependent on the on the age and length of service of an individual.

Employers who are members of SNIPEF can receive detailed advice and support here.

Employees who are members of Unite the Union can receive detailed advice and support here.


 

National Working Rules:

National Working Rules 2018

aCS:
ACS Agreement

Wages:

Current Scottish & Northern Ireland Graded Rates of Wages and Allowances 2 Stage 2019-2020

Constitution & Schemes:

Constituion & Grading Scheme 2008

SNIJIB 2010 Annual and Public Holidays with Pay Scheme

Tool Replacement Scheme:

SNIJIB Rule 13 Tool Replacement Scheme Conditions

SNIJIB Rule 13 Tool Claim Form

Redundancy:
Redundancy Guide

Redundancy Ready Reckoner

Archive:

Scotland

Scottish Graded Rates of Wages and Allowances 2018

Scottish Graded Rates of Wages and Allowances 2017/2018

Scottish Graded Rates of Wages and Allowances 2015/2017

Northern Ireland

Irish Graded Rates of Wages and Allowances 2018

Northern Ireland Graded Rates of Wages and Allowances 2017/2018

Northern Ireland Graded Rates of Wages and Allowances 2015/2017

 

 

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