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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.

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.

SNIJIB Rule 3 Graded Rates of Wages for qualified Operatives

 

Graded Rates of Wages for qualified Operatives

Rate per hour

Plumber, Domestic Heating Fitter & Gas Service Fitter

£12.95

Advanced Plumber, Advanced Heating Fitter & Gas Service Engineer

£14.74

Technician Plumber & Gas Services Technician

£16.31

Plumbing Labourer

£11.54

 

For the full list of current Scottish & Northern Ireland graded wage and allowance rates click here


The Industry receives 6 months advised notice of any change to the rates to enable employers and employees to plan ahead. The Graded rates of wages and allowances were due to increase by 3% from Monday 6 July 2020. Due to the pandemic this has been reduced to 1%.


The current graded wage rates and allowances were issued 22 July 2020. In Scotland and Northern Ireland the graded rates of wages and allowances increased retrospectively by 1% from Monday 6 July 2020 and 2% from Monday 5 July 2021. This is a 2 year wage agreement starting in July 2020 and running to July 2022.

SNIJIB Rule 4 Holidays

With effect from 1 January 2020 there shall be an additional paid day of holiday from 30 to 31 days holiday. Full information is in the National Working Rules here.

SNIJIB Rule 19 Industry Pension Rates

Employers with newly recruited employees receive a minimum of 7.5% employer pension contribution where an employee contributes 3.75%. Full information is in the National Working Rules here.

SNIJIB Rule 19 Death in Service

With effect from 1 January 2020 Death in Service provision shall be 3 times the annual earnings based on the SNIJIB promulgated graded hourly rates of pay for a standard 37.5 hour working week. Full information is in the National Working Rules here.

SNIJIB 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.

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

£8.75

Apprentice 4th year

£38.00

Tradesman

£126.80

Director/Partner/

Owner

£94.15+£250 for 12 weeks and then £150 for 16 weeks.

 

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.

 

 

National Working Rules:

National Working Rules

Notice of Promulgation:

Notice of Promulgation Death in Service and Holiday reminder

ACS:

ACS Agreement

Wages & Allowances:

Graded Rates of Wages and Allowances 2 Stage Agreement 2020-2022

Constitution & Schemes:

Constituion & Grading Scheme 2008

SNIJIB 2010 Annual and Public Holidays with Pay Scheme

The Tool Replacement Scheme:

SNIJIB Rule 13 Tool Replacement Scheme Conditions

SNIJIB Rule 13 Tool Claim Form

Redundancy:
Redundancy Guide

Redundancy Ready Reckoner

Archive

Wages & Allowances

Scotland

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

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

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

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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