Craftworker Terms and Conditions
Craftworkers have their own set of terms and conditions. There is a national set of terms and conditions for Craftworkers (Craft Operatives National Agreement (Orange Book) and in 2007 the Council agreed a set of local terms and conditions with the Trade Unions (Craft Local Terms and Conditions Agreement).
The terms and conditions stated in the local conditions are those which apply to Craftworkers at the Council, apart from some areas of the local agreement where it says ‘refer to national conditions’.
The salary scales for Apprentice Craftworkers and fully qualified Craftworker posts can be found below:
Fully qualified Craftworkers are normally appointed to the 2nd point of the scale (including Apprentices making the transition to a fully qualified Craftworker). There is no incremental progression for fully qualified Craftworkers. For some Trades, there is the opportunity for career progression where the individual meets the criteria for an advanced post. The Career Progression Scheme can be found below:
Rates of Pay
Standby: Actual hours worked whilst on standby duty are paid at time and a half, apart from on a public holiday when they are paid at double time. For any time called out a minimum of 2 hours should be claimed, as long as the total hours claimed for the period of standby doesn’t exceed the length of the standby period e.g. for 8 hours on standby a maximum of 8 hours can be claimed. Standby is claimed on the Craftworkers claim form.
Public Holidays: Craftworkers are not contracted to work on a public holiday but may be required to work. Hours worked on a public holiday are claimed on the Craftworkers claim form and are paid at double time plus time in lieu, or on occasion, at treble time.
Overtime: Overtime is paid at time plus 50% and is claimed on the Craftworkers claim form.
The Craftworkers claim form is found below:
Annual Leave & Public Holidays
Public Holidays, Annual leave entitlement and how it is calculated for Apprentice Craftworkers and fully qualified Craftworkers is available via this link: Craft Worker Annual Leave & Public Holiday Guidance
Craftworkers can be contracted to work up to 45 hours per week. In practice they tend to be working 37, 41 or 45 hours per week. In the Craft Local Terms and Conditions Agreement there are also 3 different rotas which can be worked. Rota A is working Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm and doesn’t attract any extra pay. Rota B is working Rota A (standard hours) plus working up to 8pm Monday to Friday and this attracts a 4% uplift on hourly rate. Rota C is working Rota A + Rota B + on a Saturday until 4pm (5 days out of 7) and this attracts an 8% uplift on hourly rate. The rotas are allocated per individual employee, not per trade.
The Council normally recruits Apprentice Craftworkers once a year, with the application process usually opening around March. The Apprenticeships last 4 or 5 years, depending on the trade and Apprentice Craftworkers are employed on fixed term contracts. During the Apprenticeship, the Apprentice Craftworkers undertake College work and on the job experience in order to complete an SVQ Level 3 in their chosen Trade.
At the end of the fixed term contract one of three things might happen:
1) contract is terminated;
2) fixed term contract is extended;
3) employed in a fully qualified Craftworker post.
The managers within the service make the decision as to what will happen with each Apprentice.
Apprentice Craftworkers are paid a percentage of the fully qualified Craftworker hourly rate. The percentage paid increases in each year of the Apprenticeship. The salary scales (Craftworker Salary Scales) include details of the Apprentice percentage rates.
Apprentice Craftworkers are paid a nationally agreed percentage of the 1st point of the fully qualified Craftworker rates and this percentage increases on completion of the required work for that year. The percentage increase is normally implemented on 1st August.
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